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Ultrasound May Damage Coronavirus Structure

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Ultrasound could be a disruptive tool in the fight against COVID-19, according to new research.

A recent study published in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids has found that the structure of the coronavirus may be vulnerable to the vibrations of an ultrasound with frequencies commonly used in medical diagnostic imagining. The research was conducted by investigators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Although the structure of the coronavirus is well understood, there is not much known about its physical integrity or the make-up of its spike protein.

“We don’t know the material properties of the spikes because they are so tiny — about 10 nanometers high,” Tomasz Wierzbicki a professor of applied mechanics at MIT said. “Even more unknown is what’s inside the virus, which is not empty but filled with RNA, which itself is surrounded by a protein capsid shell. So, this modeling requires a lot of assumptions.”

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