Somewhere on Colorado State University's campus, there are teams of researchers working towards defeating COVID-19 once and for all.

That 'somewhere' is the Rapid Prototyping Lab at the Energy Institute's Powerhouse Energy Campus, where a team is working around the clock for a "fast-mobilization project launched in direct response to the daily-changing pandemic", according to a press release from CSU.

A Fort Collins design firm, Czero, is working with the department to create a spraying disinfectant that will kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. So what, exactly, does that mean for us?

It means that there may be a solution to disinfecting large-scale surfaces like classrooms, stadiums, and auditoriums in the coming weeks.

This research team is led by Raymond Goodrich, a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology and the executive director of the Infectious Disease Research Center. The disinfectant would work like this:

The technology deactivates the virus by rendering it incapable of replicating through a combination of specific wavelengths of light and targeted nucleic acid chemistry.

Cool, right?

Thank you to all of the researchers, engineers, and scientists working towards making our lives easier with COVID-19, and we'll update you in the coming weeks on this disinfectant and how soon we can see it used in our community.

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