Streams of electrically charged gas could be used in the future to cure colds and other illnesses.
A stream of what is known as "cold plasma" has been found to be effective at deactivating viruses similar to those in the common cold, meaning that they can no longer replicate. "Cold plasmas are potentially a very effective agent for control of viral infections," said Dr Julia Zimmermann. It is hoped that the technology could one day be used for hand sanitizers in hospitals.
"When exposed the plasma – a stream of ionised gas – for just a couple of minutes, the viruses were no longer able to replicate, meaning they could not spread or cause disease."
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