A multinational analysis crew, which incorporates some Jamaicans, is claiming to have made a serious breakthrough by utilizing menthol crystals to cease the lethal unfold of the coronavirus.
The crew, which contains medical docs and dentists from the Caribbean, the US, and Cameroon, contains Jamaicans Dr Christopher Ogunsalu, Dr Delroy Fray, Dr Dagogo Pepple, Professor Everald Barton, and Daniel Ogunsalu (a scholar at The College of the West Indies, UWI). Dr Olalekan Fagbola (Trinidad), Professor Ken Judy (United States), and Mike Agbor (Cameroon) full the crew.
Based on the crew, they’ve positively recognized – by each evidence-based strategies and multifaceted analysis – that menthol crystals block the virus that causes COVID-19.
Their discovering dates again to as early as April-Could 2020. Nevertheless, the discharge of the findings was delayed as they awaited validation.
“It’s the opinion of this analysis crew and inventor that the menthol crystal fume attaches to the mucous membrane of the higher respiratory tract within the type of micro spikes or cilia (pseudo-cilia). It’s this pseudo-cilia, or spikes, that forestall the binding of the S protein of the COVID-19 virus to the ACE-2 receptors on the human cells, thus stopping a profitable invasion into the physique by the virus,” stated Christopher Ogunsalu.
Based on the analysis crew, the mode of motion of the COVID-19 virus pertains to the interplay of the spiky microparticles launched from the menthol crystal into the atmosphere. As soon as these spiky particles work together with receptors within the nasal mucus membrane, they forestall the spike protein of the COVID-19 virus from attaching to the already occupied receptor web site.
Primarily based on this discovering, Daniel Ogunsalu, a UWI, Mona, undergraduate scholar, has developed strategies by which menthol crystal can be utilized to prevention COVID-19, together with a self-assembled gadget to switch the face masks comprising a face defend connected to eyeglasses with a slot for a menthol pack. This slot will carry a replaceable perforated cassette (plastic or paper). Bigger cassettes have additionally been devised for use in homes, places of work, and inside motor automobiles.
“A substitute for the perforated cassette together with the face defend is to have the plastic defend mentholated in a single day in a container,” stated Daniel Ogunsalu.
This gadget, the crew believes, is a greater choice to the World Well being Organisation (WHO)-recommended face masks.
“I’ve the best regard for the WHO and the essential position it has performed … . It will be ideally suited to put on masks that won’t permit a excessive focus of carbon dioxide within the oral cavity as a result of the propagation of sure micro organism referred to as capnophile grows very properly in a high-carbon dioxide atmosphere. This will improve gum illness,” stated Barton.
The crew has determined to not patent its discovery so it may be instantly engaged within the world struggle towards COVID-19, particularly with many creating international locations being left behind within the vaccination race.
“Making use of for and buying patent takes time. It has taken us shut to 1 yr to finish the analysis and we strongly consider that many lives can be saved if we transfer with haste in making the gadget out there to be used globally with out additional delay. For a virus that poses an excellent menace to mankind, the best factor is to take preventive measures towards it to be out there cost-free,” stated Fagbola, principal medical and well being officer of Princes City Regional Company in Trinidad and Tobago.