Bengaluru scientist claims new medical device can neutralize coronavirus and will be sent to the US for testing
Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar said the device would not cure a Covd-19 patient, but claimed it could prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Its effectiveness is yet to be tested.
There is no cure for Corona virus disease (Covid 19), and a vaccine will develop for at least a year, if not longer. In fact, not much is known about the disease itself, as scientists are still looking out for emerging mutations. But all that is known is that it is a disease that spreads very, very quickly.
A medical electronics research unit, Organization De Scalene, claims it has developed the prototype gadget that can neutralize the spread of the virus. The prototype will be sent to the University of Maryland in the US this week to confirm the tests and verify their efficacy and range.
President of the organization, Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar, said that what his institute has innovated is a small device shycocan or gadget that can be kept in homes, auditoriums, offices, schools, cars ... everywhere.
He said the device would not offer a cure to already infected patients, but claimed it could prevent the spread of the virus. "If you're in a room with other Covid positive patients and can't tell if others are infected, this device will at least protect you because the infection won't spread," he told News18.com
The device shycocan, he claimed, actually acts as a neutralizer of the virus's potency, so that anyone who comes into contact with, for example, a table or chair that has the virus is still not affected by the virus.
He explained the science behind it, saying that coronavirus is a spiral thing with many spikes called 'S protein.' These proteins, he said, are positive cells and look negative - so when your body comes into contact, the viruses enter the body, and because cells have negative potential, it gets stuck in the cells and releases its DNA in them and starts replicate it. This is how the virus survives.
"This gadget we developed only releases a huge amount of electrons - these viruses don't know the difference between electrons from your body or others. As soon as the electrons are released, the virus cells are neutralized. Every infected person enters - when he touches something, these electrons neutralize all viral electrons. After that, even if you ingest it, it goes into your stomach like a piece of protein but doesn't cause any damage, "he claimed.
Work on the gadget has been going on for a long time before Covid-19 added its presence to the world. The institute has been working mainly on this since April 2019, when it wanted to find a way to curb absenteeism within the institute.
If one scientist or researcher had a cold or flu, any other scientist would get sick in quick succession. So the researchers came up with the idea of neutralizing all kinds of influenza by ensuring that they do not spread from one institution to another within the institute. When Covid-19 reached the world, they thought it could be put to good use to stop the spread of the virus.
"This doesn't cure an infected person. But it does reduce infectivity. If someone has this device at home, no one else will get Covid. It's an inclusion device. We wrote to the University of Maryland and an institute in Mexico. She wants to test it, "He said.
He had also written to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the first week of February, when there were only three cases in India, to conduct his own independent tests. However, the institute has yet to respond.
Named the 'Scalene Hypercharge Corona Canon' (Shycocan), the gadget is smaller than the size of a microwave and can be placed in covered areas such as rooms, hallways, schools and even open spaces at a limited distance - exactly as residents of Delhi put air purifiers, said Dr. Kumar.
The device can emit 10 to 100 trillion ions per second, he said, adding that it is used in the Institute's reception and work areas in Bengaluru.
If the prototype can be shipped in the US, it will take approximately four to five days to validate its efficacy. The labs will also need to determine how far the electrons go, how far they can work, how much to use in public, both covered and uncovered areas, how they work on different surfaces such as wood, steel, etc.
Once the tests are approved, the institute is ready to give the design and engineering of the device free of charge for mass production, said Dr. Kumar. “We can get manufacturers of anything - car manufacturers, small manufacturers, anyone - we involve them all to produce and distribute this electronic device. If it is mass-produced it can cost around Rs 600 for a small device and maybe Rs 4,000 plus for a large device, "he said.