Scientists know this and have studied it for several decades. The problem is that the general public don’t ever hear about this, and you’re certainly not going to read about it in the newspaper.
I’m talking about negative ions and their ability, quite simply, to kill flu viruses and other bugs of all descriptions.
In 2015, a group of scientists from the University of Linköping, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and even the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control, carried out an intriguing study.
In this study, the team wanted to test the effect of a modified ionizer device on the infection rate of a flu virus through airborne transmission among a sample size of guinea pigs.
In this study, the team used a 12-volt ionizing device, which generated negative ions. This gives a negative charge to any airborne particles or aerosol droplets and electrostatically attracts them to a positively charged collector plate, where they are captured.
This machine was tested with airborne droplets of an airborne transmitted influenza A (strain Panama 99) virus infection, which easily infects guinea pigs.
This flu and several other viruses, were attracted to the collective plate, which inactivated more than 97 per cent of the viruses. In the end, 100 percent of the guinea pigs were protected from infection (Sci Rep, 2015; 5: 11431).
A decade earlier, a team at the University of Leeds in the UK tested the use of a negative air ionizer in an intensive care ward at St James’s Hospital in Leeds over a year to see if it could eliminate the spread of Acinetobacter bacteria, which is notoriously resistant to antibiotics and dangerous to people with compromised immune systems.
To their astonishment, the infection rate fell to zero during the year-long trial. In fact, the results were so good that Stephen Dean, one of the consultants at St James’s said ,“The results have been fantastic – so much so that we have asked the university to leave the ionizers with us.”
An ion forms when a molecule encounters enough energy to unleash an electron. They are also created by rainfall, air pressure, forces emitted during a waterfall and the friction from large volumes of air moving rapidly over a land mass, as during so-called ill winds, such as El Niño or Santa Anas of southern California.
Both positive and negative ions are equivalent to a tiny pulse of static electricity, and the air that we breathe is made up of billions of these tiny charges.
Ionizers produce negative air ions, which seek out suspended particles and give them a charge. Although the Leeds scientists don’t completely understand how the bacteria got killed, they suspect that these charged particles attract and then aggregate with the viruses and then fall out of the air, thereby disinfecting the atmosphere and stopping the transmission of infection.
And if that’s so, the scientists would expect to find a higher percentage of Acinetobacter bacteria coalescing on surfaces, which is exactly what happened.
Clinical microbiologist Keven Kerr, one of the other Leeds team members, remarked: “Ionizers may become a powerful weapon in the fight against hospital acquired infection. People had focused on getting doctors and nurses to wash their hands and had not looked at anything else.”
In 2002, the company Sharp presented evidence at a conference that their air conditioners, which include a plasmacluster air purification system, had the ability to inactivate viruses, including flu, essentially through the same method.
At the time, John Oxford, a flu expert at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, examined Sharp’s evidence and declared it sound. He even thought that the system should be used in doctors' waiting rooms. But at the time, the plasmacluster technology was only available in Japan.
And then in 2004, working with Director and Visiting Professor Tatsuo Suzuki PhD and Assistant Director Noritada Kobayashi PhD of the Kitasato Institute Medical Center Hospital, considered one of the world’s most prestigious viral research organizations, Sharp demonstrated that their plasmacluster technology inactivated the feline corona virus (FCoV), a member of the corona virus family. In their study 99.7 percent of the virus was rendered inactive within 40 minutes.
Sharp claimed that their technology had proven effective against a host of pathogens, including human corona virus, SARS and flu.
So why isn’t this equipment in every hospital across the world?
Instead of trying to outlaw journalists trying to uncover possible treatments for this pandemic, why isn’t the standard media doing its job and looking into this further?
You may well ask.