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By the time you read this, the COVID-19 pandemic may have peaked and begun to recede. But even if it has, all of us are left with the terrifying sense that we have just experienced the most dangerous enemy we’ll ever know—invisible, all-pervasive, unpredictable and unvanquishable—until medical scientists finally produce that much-vaunted preventative: the coronavirus vaccine.

There’s no doubt that this is a mysterious new microbe, but it is patently not true that it strikes at random and there is no effective antidote. 

The simple truth is there are numerous, well-studied natural substances that are extraordinarily lethal virus killers. Take, for instance, negative ions and their ability, quite simply, to kill flu viruses and other bugs of all descriptions.In 2015, a team of Swedish scientists performed a study to test the effect of a modified ionizer device on the infection rate of a flu virus through airborne transmission among a sample of guinea pigs.

They exposed airborne droplets of an influenza A virus (strain Panama 99), which normally easily infects guinea pigs, to a device that generated negative ions. In the end,
the machine inactivated more than 97 percent of the viruses, and 100 percent of the guinea pigs were protected from infection.

Ionizers seem to be effective on bacteria, too. A decade earlier, a team at the University of Leeds tested the use of a negative air ionizer in an intensive care ward at St James’s Hospital in Leeds 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 among patients 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, remarked, “We have asked the university to leave the ionizers with us.”2

An ion forms when a molecule encounters enough energy to unleash an electron. Both positive and negative ions are equivalent to a tiny pulse of static electricity, and the air that we breathe holds billions of these tiny charges.

Ionizers produce negative air ions, which seek out suspended positive ions like pollen, dust and also microbes. 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. The resulting bonded structures, which are heavier, simply fall out of the air, thereby disinfecting the atmosphere and stopping the transmission of infection.

If that’s so, the scientists would expect to find a higher percentage of Acinetobacter  bacteria coalescing on surfaces, which is exactly what happened.

Last year, a team from the University of Michigan used a nonthermal plasma reactor—a fancy sort of ionizer—to tackle a test virus. The equipment was able to deactivate 99.9 percent of the virus in the atmosphere within a fraction of a second so that the virus wasn’t simply captured but diminished in its ability to infect humans.

In 2004, working with scientists from the Kitasato Institute Medical Center, the electronics company Sharp demonstrated that their plasmacluster air purification system inactivated 99.7 percent of another member of the coronavirus family (feline coronavirus) within 40 minutes.

Sharp claimed their technology had proven effective against a host of pathogens, including the SARS coronavirus and flu.3 So why isn’t this equipment in every hospital around the world?

Ionizers are not the only overlooked method of inactivating COVID-19 and other killer viruses that come along. In our cover story this month (page 26), Celeste McGovern covers some of the little-known reasons why some people are more susceptible to the virus and some of the most powerful and effective treatments available to all.

Of course, the reason we’re not hearing about this is still all about money. Drug companies are more interested in the huge financial rewards involved in producing an expensive new vaccine, even if it is likely to be ineffective against constantly mutating microbes like flu. 

Now that we’ve seen the damage that these new microbes can wreak, it’s up to all of us to embrace all the evidence for the powerful natural cures we already have at hand.

But you’ll never hear about this from the medical establishment or mainstream media—only in the pages of WDDTY.  And to maintain our editorial independence and keep delivering this kind of information to you, it’s become necessary for us to come off of the newsstands and sell directly to you by subscription.


Sci Rep, 2015; 5: 11431


New Scientist, January 3, 2003


Sharp Corporation, Press Release No. 04-026, July 27, 2004

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