Scientists in China have developed a new efficient novel weapon that could absorb and deactivate Coronavirus from infected victims within seconds.
The weapon dubbed “nanomaterial” is believed to absorb the virus with 96.5-99.9 per cent efficiency.
Report from China’s media revealed that the research institute which developed the nanomaterial wanted to work with companies across the globe to use the material in making air purifiers and face masks.
It highlighted that lab tests were conducted at a leading national public health institute branch, called Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which the efficacy of the weapon was proven to combat the virus.
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics under the state think tank, Chinese Academy of Sciences explained that the nanomaterial deactivated 96.5-99.9% of the coronavirus, thus underscored the need for infected countries to collaborate with the researchers to use the new invention to treat the ailment.
However, researchers across the globe were still working to develop a vaccine or antiviral medicines which could treat COVID 19.
Currently, healthcare workers are using alternative method in helping to relieve the symptoms through breathing assistance, since the fight to get ultimate cure was proven futile.
Though most cases do not require assistance, critical patients need to be put on ventilators.
The deadly coronavirus (COVID 19) that has now turned into a global pandemic has killed close to 33,000 people in the world and still counting.
What are nanomaterials?
Nanomaterials have proved their use in a variety of fields and in healthcare, Nanozymes, which are nanomaterials with enzyme-like characteristics is a field of high potential.
According to the US NIH, scientists have not unanimously settled on a precise definition of nanomaterials, but agree that they are partially characterised by their tiny size, measured in nanometers.
A nanometer is one-millionth of a millimeter – approximately 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.
Nano-sized particles exist in nature and can be created from a variety of products.
Most nanoscale materials are too small to be seen with the naked eye and even with conventional lab microscopes.
Northeastern chemical engineer Thomas Webster, who has been using nano-scale medicine and technology to treat diseases is working on ways to find and neutralize viruses using nanomedicines.
Webster, who is part of a team contributing ideas to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fight the COVID-19 outbreak has proposed to develop a way to use nanomaterials that could attach to SARS-CoV-2 viruses, disrupting their structure with a combination of infrared light treatment.
“That structural change would then halt the ability of the virus to survive and reproduce in the body,” Webster told Nano Werk.