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Cold plasma deactivates airborne viruses

Scientists at Michigan University have developed a cold plasma reactor that deactivates airborne viruses. The reactor has been designed to stem the PRRS virus, which is responsible for most economic losses suffered by pig farmers. The reactor houses borosilicate glass balls that are cylindrically arranged. The contaminated air flows through the spaces between these balls and increases the electric potential to create sparks from the plasma. These sparks then disrupt the molecular structures of the virus.