An insight into the inactivation of coronaviruses by biocidal agents and
a suggested prophylactic and therapeutic intervention to handle
AbstractA new epidemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has affected millions of people
around the world with high rate of mortality. In this article, an
insight into the mechanism of inactivation of some conronaviruses by
formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde is presented, based on analysis of
previous observations during electron microscopic examination of several
members of the orthocoronavirinae subfamily, including the new virus
SARS-CoV-2. A new prophylactic and therapeutic measure is suggested.
However, it needs to be tested experimentally before consideration to be
used solely or in adjunction to other therapies. Also, a preconditioning
step against the cytokine storm of COVID-19 is proposed and a new line
of research is proposed to find a broad spectrum antivirus against
several members of of this subfamily.