China claims to have produced nanomaterials capable of deactivating 96.5% to 99.9% of coronaviruses in an infected person’s body. The announcement was made by the Global Times newspaper on Sunday and could be the hope of nearly 600,000 patients worldwide – 165,000 have already been cured with other treatments, while 37,000 have not resisted infection.
The testing of the new material was conducted by chemical engineer Thomas Webster and carried out in a laboratory in Anhui province, which is a branch of the United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The results show that practically all the coronaviruses that cause covid-19 were absorbed and deactivated by nanomaterials.
This technological army is up to 100 thousand times smaller than the thickness of a hair and has the characteristic of enzymes. Once inside the body, nanomaterials bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and interrupt its structure through infrared light emissions. It is not yet known, however, when human trials could be initiated.
At the same time that technological forms are being studied to fight the pandemic, other scientists are racing against time in search of a vaccine. The most optimistic estimates believe that we will have an effective treatment only in the beginning of 2021. Until then, patients with covid-19 are treated to relieve symptoms, especially those that cause breathing difficulties.