Covered by none other than Newsweek, one of the media outlets that surely railed on Trump when he first mentioned it, the technology has been brought to bear by experts from the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE), which also develops treatments for many other viruses and pathogens besides the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to Andrei Goverdovsky, who works at Russia's state nuclear agency in Rosatom, the project has been dubbed "luminous gas" and, believe it or not, really is a type of disinfectant – which means that Trump was right once again in using the word disinfectant to describe one of the novel treatments being developed for this novel virus.
"So far, no one has managed to hold UV disinfection inside a person," Goverdovsky is quoted as saying. "We figured out how to do this. We select molecules and gas components that when inhaled remain activated and emit ultraviolet light directly in the lungs."
"We hope that in addition to coronavirus, our method [can be used to] treat tuberculosis, oncology and other diseases," he added.
As we reported back in April, researchers from Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles have also developed their own form of UV light therapy called "healight" that possesses similar functionality. This healight technology has already been exclusively licensed to a firm known as Aytu BioScience, Inc. that plans to release it commercially to hospitals across the country once it has been properly tested in humans.
Russia's version is particularly noteworthy in that its developers used the word disinfectant to describe it, vindicating President Trump who was widely mocked by the leftist mob, assuming he was referring to bleach or some other chemical. As it turns out, the disinfectant that Trump was presumably talking about is this UV light treatment that can supposedly rid the body of not just the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) but also many other threatening viruses.
It was April 23 when Trump first made these and other "controversial" remarks about treating the novel virus, asking publicly if something could be done using disinfectant to kill the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) "by injection." Again, Trump was widely mocked for posing this, but it turns out that he was actually on to something.
"I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way," Trump stated that day. "And I think you said you're going to test that, too. So, we'll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute – that's pretty powerful."
Though such technology is still in the infancy stages of development and release, experts say that UV light can, in fact, function like a natural disinfectant to eradicate various pathogens from the body, hopefully with minimal or no side effects. Aytu BioScience's version has yet to be tested on actual humans, but the research being conducted by both Aytu and the Russian scientists is already showing incredible promise.
"Our team has shown that administering a specific spectrum of UV-A light can eradicate viruses in infected human cells (including coronavirus) and bacteria in the area while preserving healthy cells," says Mark Pimental, the lead researcher at Cedars-Sinai who is working on the healight technology.
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