Neuropathogens and Nasal Cleansing: Use of Clay Montmorillonite Coupled with Activated Carbon for Effective Eradication of Pathogenic Microbes from Water Supplies

Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Mustafa I. Khamis, Taleb H. Ibrahim, Naveed Ahmed Khan

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Abstract

Herein, we propose the use of novel adsorbents, namely micelle clay complexes comprising the clay montmorillonite, coupled with activated carbon for effective eradication of neuropathogenic microbes such as SARS-CoV-2 and Naegleria fowleri from water supplies for ablution/nasal irrigation. These can be incorporated easily to water collection devices, i.e., taps and water bottles, in the domestic setting. These filters are low cost, easy to install, and ideal disinfection systems. Such strategies are particularly useful for communities who have lack of access to safe water supplies, rely heavily on water storage tanks, or lack adequate water sanitation facilities, especially in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2786–2788
Number of pages3
JournalACS Chemical Neuroscience
Volume11
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2020

Keywords

  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
  • COVID-19
  • novel adsorbents
  • pathogen removal
  • low cost filtration system
  • water disinfection

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