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Israeli-made 'disinfection tunnel'

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University have partnered with Karmiel-based company RD Pack to develop an innovative “disinfection tunnel,” a new solution which they say could enable large crowds to gather safely during the coronavirus crisis.

The walk-through tunnel sprays a patented tap water-based, environmentally-friendly disinfectant developed at Bar-Ilan University using electrochemical technology, which has been proven to powerfully eliminate bacteria and viruses, including microbes from the coronavirus family.

Designed to safely disinfect hundreds or thousands of individuals gathering daily at locations including stadiums, hospitals and schools, the tunnel is equipped with an automated aerosol spray system, which quickly disinfects individuals, clothes and potentially contaminated belongings. The system will be tested at the VIP entrance to Jaffa’s Bloomfield Stadium, home to soccer teams Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda, until the end of the current season.

Prior to entering the disinfection tunnel, all attendees must have their temperature checked and wear a mask. “This disinfectant substance is extremely effective, 100 times more so than a regular disinfectant, and the advantage is that the substance is also unstable,” said Dr. Izaak Cohen, who developed and patented the disinfectant with Dr. Eran Avraham and Prof. Doron Aurbach of Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Chemistry and Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.

“Due to the substance being unstable, it is more friendly to the environment. Other disinfectants are more stable and remain on you, and can cause all sorts of burns. The more stable they are, the less friendly they are to both you and the environment.”

Eytan Halon

Photo by Yoni Reif.