As the total reported COVID infections had surpassed 130 million cases, doctors still need to find more ways of curing the coronavirus. But the ideal way of fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus might be right in our own backyards, literally speaking.
We are all well-aware of the benefits of sunlight since it’s one of the key factors that make our bodies produce Vitamin D. Recent research shows that exposure to natural light can even kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a new article posted on ScienceAlert.com.
Sunlight inactivates COVID-19 much faster than initially thought
Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz, a mechanical engineer from UC Santa Barbara, worked with his colleagues to find out more about the sunlight’s beneficial effect on bodies infected with COVID. But what they later discovered was even more incredible: the coronavirus was inactivated about eight times faster than predicted.
As Luzzatto- Fegiz said:
The theory assumes that inactivation works by having UVB hit the RNA of the virus, damaging it.
As the clues suggest that there’s more to learn about the subject, the scientists are eager to find out. Short-wave UVC radiation is effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Julie McMurry, a co-author and Oregon State University toxicologist, declared:
UVC is great for hospitals.
But in other environments – for instance, kitchens or subways – UVC would interact with the particulates to produce harmful ozone.
Experts believe that if the majority of the planet’s population gets vaccinated, lockdowns will become history. According to Bloomberg, about 608 million vaccine shots for COVID were given throughout the world until now. The number will keep growing, and the US reported a total of over 154 million vaccine shots administered.
The new research was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.