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Is Wonder Material Graphene the Key to Unlocking the Fight Against Covid-19 Sep 19 , 2021
At just one atom, graphene is the thinnest material known to man yet around 200 times stronger than steel. It’s also an excellent conductor of heat with fascinating light absorption abilities. These characteristics – amongst many others – have led scientists the world over to hail it as a “wonder material” since it was first forged by a group of researchers at the University of Manchester in 2004.

Now, attention has turned to whether graphene and its role in enabling far infrared (FIR) heating can add fighting the spread of Covid-19 to its already extensive list of credentials.

A UK technology company named IOBAC with patents and patents-pending in flooring and heating solutions, is urging the UK government and medical sector to urgently consider whether far infrared (FIR) heating – enabled by miracle material graphene – is a secret weapon in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.

Graphene and FIR heating: how does it work?

When encapsulated in special polymers and microspheres, graphene produces a super conductive resin. IOBAC has harnessed this combination to create a FIR heating solution with a myriad of environmental and potential health benefits.

Our bodies naturally radiate far infrared (FIR) energy through the skin at 3-50 microns, with most output at 9.4 microns. Far infrared rays have a wavelength 4~16 microns, which is compatible with the human body and easily absorbed for a positive impact on body systems and functions. One such positive impact – and something behind which scientific weight is building – is FIR heating’s ability to fight against the spread of infection, including Covid-19.

IOBAC CEO, Paul Woolvine, comments: “We’ve used graphene as the magical ingredient in our far infrared heating solutions for a little while now. We were well aware of its potential health benefits – reducing joint pain and inflammation by improving blood circulation, encouraging the growth of healthy cells, preventing damp and mould (to name a few). But a landmark study released in February 2020 brought to our attention this technology’s potential ability to help fight against the spread of Covid-19. It was published for peer review in August 2020 but we’d like to see further research fast-tracked since the potential benefits are so powerful.”

The study Paul refers to is Instability of Nucleic Acids in Airborne Microorganisms under Far Infrared Radiation, written by En-Jing Li (Office of Environmental Protection and Office of Radiation Protection, Peking) and We-Hong Huang’s (State Key Laboratory of Molecular Developmental Biology).



FIR impact on viruses explained

The study explored the effect of FIR radiation on the inhibition of airborne microorganisms. A summary of Li En-Jing and Wei-Hong Huang findings is as follows:

The result confirmed that double strand DNA from airborne microorganisms were stable under mild FIR radiation. However, single strand RNA was found to be sensitive to FIR radiation, indicating that RNA virus in airborne particles is instable under FIR radiation. Based on this observation, two models on the usage of FIR radiation to prevent RNA virus transmission and cure RNA virus infection were proposed, implying that FIR radiation might be a cheap, convenient, and efficient method … As traditional immune methods take a long period to prevent and cure RNA virus infection (such as Covid-19), new convenient ways that can be used immediately in clinic are eagerly needed.

Infrared radiation is an invisible form of electromagnetic energy, the wavelength of which is longer than that of visible light; too long to be perceived by our eyes. The human body experiences its energy as a gentle radiant heat which can penetrate up to 4cm beneath the skin. Its benefits? In short, it enhances the immune system by stimulating the body’s metabolism and production of white blood cells to help fight infections. There are also early hints that higher temperatures are linked to lower incidence of COVID-19.



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