Israeli scientists may have made a discovery that could end up being a groundbreaking treatment for Covid-19. They claim that it takes just 30 seconds of radiation to kill 99% of the virus.
Not only do they claim that it’s effective, but it is also cheap. The study has been posted in the peer-reviewed Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology.
Others will now try to duplicate the same results in independent testing. The study was conducted by Professor Yoram Gerchman of Oranim College; Dr. Michal Mandelboim, Director of the National Center for Influenza and Respiratory Viruses at Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer; and Nehemya Friedman from Tel Hashomer:
UV light-emitting diodes (UV LEDs) are an emerging technology and a UV source for pathogen inactivation, however low UV-LED wavelengths are costly and have low fluence rate. Our results suggest that the sensitivity of human Coronavirus (HCoV-OC43 used as SARS-CoV-2 surrogate) was wavelength dependent with 267 nm ~ 279 nm > 286 nm > 297 nm. Other viruses showed similar results, suggesting UV LED with peak emission at ~286 nm could serve as an effective tool in the fight against human Coronaviruses.
The study is the first of it’s kind and if the results can be duplicated it will be a game changer in the treatment and cure for the pandemic. If the treatment only takes 30 seconds, how many could be treated in just one day?
This could be even bigger than a vaccine. The vaccine is supposed to prevent you from getting the disease. But this will cure those with the virus.
Professor Hadas Mamane, head of the Environmental Engineering Program at Tel Aviv University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, said:
“We discovered that it is quite simple to kill the coronavirus using LED bulbs that radiate ultraviolet light. We killed the viruses using cheaper and more readily available LED bulbs, which consume little energy and do not contain mercury like regular bulbs.”
“The entire world is currently looking for effective solutions to disinfect the coronavirus. Our research has commercial and societal implications, given the possibility of using such LED bulbs in all areas of our lives, safely and quickly.”
“We know, for example, that medical staff do not have time to manually disinfect, say, computer keyboards and other surfaces in hospitals – and the result is infection and quarantine. The problem is that in order to disinfect a bus, train, sports hall, or plane by chemical spraying, you need physical manpower, and in order for the spraying to be effective, you have to give the chemical time to act on the surface.”
It could be quite a time before the treatment is ready for use, if it ever is, but let’s hope it is all they are making it out to be.