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World’s first ever coronavirus-killing technology available


By Emmanuel Koro

While medical specialists worldwide have been frantically searching for a vaccine for the deadly Coronavirus that has killed more than 350,000 people, Russian scientists have been working on technology that kills the virus instead.

They invented a machine that shoots electrons at the Coronavirus and other airborne contaminants flowing in an airstream.

The electrons strike the molecules coming into the machine at high speed, breaking them into pieces. The pieces bang into other molecules to create a chain-like reaction.

As a result, nearly all the molecules are instantly destroyed.

The Russian technology is partially based on research undertaken at the US-based University of Michigan.

The Russian invention benefits from the fact that oxygen atoms (O), hydrogen atoms (H), and carbon atoms (C) are the building blocks of life.

These chemicals are needed by all living things to survive. As is well known, when two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom come together, they create water (H2O).

However, if an oxygen atom and a carbon atom join forces in the exhaust of an automobile engine, they form carbon monoxide (CO), a killer.

Physics and chemistry, of course, are not medicine; medicine is not physics. But the science that deals with the nature and properties of matter and energy may provide a solution to one of the most severe threats to humankind.

By splitting the molecules that bind the atoms into deadly compounds or destroying the structure of viruses and bacteria, science gives us a way to fight diseases.

The machine has been selling in Russia to destroy odors arising from sewers and other sources. Observers believe the technology could be used to eliminate the Coronavirus in stores, restaurants, theatres and other enclosed venues.

When hints of the Russian technology reached Southern Africa this past week, key economic players expressed optimism that the technology could save businesses, millions of jobs and reverse the collapse of economies.

In learning of the Russian technology that could make it possible to run indoor businesses without social distancing and masking restrictions, Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Hamisi Kigwangalla, asked one telling question: “How soon can the technology be brought to Africa?”

Meanwhile, an American public policy consultant with ties to both the Russian technology and Southern African interests, indicated that the Russians hope to license private companies and/or work with government agencies to get the machine manufactured and distributed quickly in every country that wants them.

Elsewhere within the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the CEO of the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa, Dries van Coller, welcomed the Coronavirus-killing technology. He said it is a desperately needed invention at a time international world travel has been severely curtailed for fear of contracting the virus.

“We need solutions to reignite the hunting industry,” said Van Coller. “We are desperate to look at finding solutions. Our industry is on its knees.”

The President of the Safari Operators of Zimbabwe, Dr Emmanuel Fundira, said the launch and introduction of this new and innovative technology would be a welcome development for tourism players.

“The survival of the tourism industry depends on the development of new technology that can uplift and take the new normal forward. We should always … have measures in place to ensure the safety of our guests. The coming in of technology such as this only serves to confirm our desire in restructuring and ushering a new recovery process for the tourism sector.”

Spokesperson of Botswana Wildlife Producers Association (BWPA), Debbie Peake said that while she could not speak on behalf of the BWPA at a short notice, she was quite sure that “if there is a medically-proven system that can help “to contain the spread of Covid-19 then it can only be a good prospect.”

“The Botswana Government needs to approve it [the technology],” she said. “But if it helps to contain the spread of Covid-19 under specific conditions, then it needs to be considered. Assuring incoming visitors of safety is key too.”

The restaurant sector is among the hardest hit sector. President of the South Africa Restaurant Association, Wendy Alberts said that the Coronavirus pandemic that resulted in shutting down restaurants for public safety has left a lot of eating establishments on the edge of bankruptcy.

Roland Rohrer, the owner of the upmarket South African Bosvelder Pub and Restaurant in Centurion Pretoria, said about the Coronavirus-killing technology:

“If they have proof or certification for the product, it will make things a lot easier to put to market. If the technology resolves the indoor social distancing problem you could be saving an industry that is currently on life support.”

So far, about 50 units of the Coronavirus-killing machine have been sold on the domestic Russian market. The size and cost of each machine depends on the amount and speed of the airflow being refreshed in an air exchange system.

Any private company or government agency interested in utilizing the technology or getting more information about it should be in touch with the author of this article.


About the writer: Emmanuel Koro is a Johannesburg-based international award-winning environmental journalist with 27 years experience in environment and development reporting.


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