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Instability of Nucleic Acids in Airborne Microorganisms under Far Infrared Radiation

Version 1 : Received: 20 February 2020 / Approved: 23 February 2020 / Online: 23 February 2020 (15:51:12 CET)

How to cite: Huang, W.; Li, E. Instability of Nucleic Acids in Airborne Microorganisms under Far Infrared Radiation. Preprints 2020, 2020020332 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0332.v1). Huang, W.; Li, E. Instability of Nucleic Acids in Airborne Microorganisms under Far Infrared Radiation. Preprints 2020, 2020020332 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0332.v1).

Abstract

Emergence of zoonotic-human pathogens is proven to be a lethal threat to public health, and RNA virus including influenza viruses, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), plays a pivotal role. As those viruses as airborne microorganisms spread mainly by tiny airborne particles, it is important to de-active those airborne particles before their entry into human bodies. In this study, we investigated the effect of far infrared (FIR) radiation on inhibition of airborne microorganisms. The result confirmed that double stand DNA from airborne microorganisms were stable under mild FIR radiation. However, single strand RNA from them was found to be sensitive to FIR radiation, indicating that RNA virus in airborne particles is instable under FIR radiation. Based on this observation, two models on usage of FIR radiation to prevent RNA virus transmission and cure RNA virus infection were proposed, implying that FIR radiation might be a cheap, convenient, and efficient method in clinic to treat RNA virus.

Subject Areas

nucleic acids; airborne microorganisms; far infrared radiation; RNA virus

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Comment 1
Received: 15 April 2020
Commenter: Robert Boddington, MS
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: This is a very interesting study. For me, the import is that there might well be a benefit for individuals infected with COVID19 to spend time breathing the air of a far-infrared (heated) sauna. It also made me wonder if commercially available far-infrared emitting gloves (containing ceramic material activated by body heat) might possibly also kill the virus if surfaces contaminated by the virus are touched.
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