Prevention is better than Cure!
The outbreak of COVID-19 was sudden. It was not expected. No one knew this was coming. We were not prepared. But now it has come. What to do till the time we are ready with a vaccination or a cure?
We have to stop it from spreading! We have to contain it.
More than 80% infections spread through touch –whether it is bacterial or viral. We have to eliminate viruses & bacteria from high touch surfaces at Home and public places.
Oxide Nanomaterials hold a great promise in this regard. How?
Oxides are hard. Their surface at the nanometre level is Abrasive – there are sharp edges and corners. These oxide nanomaterial with sharp edges and corners, rupture the cell wall or the viral envelope leading to elimination of the Virus. The size of an Oxide Nanoparticle is around 20-50nm, while the size of a virus can be as large as 400nm. When viruses interact with Nanoparticles there are chances that the Nanoparticle might rupture the viral envelope leading to elimination of the virus.
Nanoparticles of ZnO are one of the best materials for this purpose. It is already proven to be a great antibacterial agent as it generally acts on bacteria in more than one way. In the same way it might also act on the virus.
Coating High touch surfaces at public places like Airports, Malls, and Supermarkets might stop the spread of this disease from touch.
Also spraying masks and other fabrics with Nanomaterial based textile coatings might lead to elimination of the virus and stop its spread.
Life is all about trial and error. This uncertainty is life. Similarly we should try Nano ZnO Based Coatings on high touch surfaces and textiles to see if it helps stop the spread of the disease.
Please feel free to write back in case you have questions regarding the matter.