Silver Nanoparticles as Potential Antiviral Agents

Silver Nanoparticles as Potential Anti-Viral Agents

Currently, there is an increase in news being circulated on chat and social media on the resurgence of a new more virulent strain of a Covid 19 virus. The news being received cannot be verified but it will do us good, to be on the guard all the time, in protecting our health and that of our loved ones.

There are many research articles from reputable journals that has explored the efficacy of colloidal nano silver against virus infections. Below is one such article that discusses the potential anti-viral activity of colloidal nano silver.

Abstract from the Research Journal

Virus infections pose significant global health challenges, especially in view of the fact that the emergence of resistant viral strains and the adverse side effects associated with prolonged use continue to slow down the application of effective antiviral therapies. This makes imperative the need for the development of safe and potent alternatives to conventional antiviral drugs. In the present scenario, nanoscale materials have emerged as novel antiviral agents for the possibilities offered by their unique chemical and physical properties.

Silver nanoparticles have mainly been studied for their antimicrobial potential against bacteria, but have also proven to be active against several types of viruses including human imunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, herpes simplex virus, respiratory syncytial virus, and monkey pox virus. The use of metal nanoparticles provides an interesting opportunity for novel antiviral therapies. Since metals may attack a broad range of targets in the virus there is a lower possibility to develop resistance as compared to conventional antivirals. The present review focuses on the development of methods for the production of silver nanoparticles and on their use as antiviral therapeutics against pathogenic viruses.

This research article was published on 24th October 2011 in Journal Molecules [December 2011Molecules 16(10):8894-918]. The full research article is available at this link.

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