Here’s how the next ”Corona virus” pandemic can be prevented
Dr. Hannu L. Suominen 2/3/2020
The latest pandemic caused by the Corona virus has been in the news almost non-stop over the last months and has
unfortunately already caused many deaths and is putting humanity on notice.
Like most infectious diseases that are caused by viruses and/or bacteria such as Sars, Bird Flu, Hong Kong, Asian
flu etc, the current pandemic finds its origin in Asia. Normally once a year (mostly in the summer), a so called communicable disease develops in Asia and is known to spread around the globe during the winter, causing death of
hundreds of thousands of people each year.
What these predominantly Asian infectious diseases have in common is that they originate from untreated mixed
faeces of humans and animals of all kinds i.e. pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, monkeys, snakes, fish, frogs,
When this mix of untreated faeces runs off directly into natural waters, which in turn are used again as a primary
source for domestic water use, it inevitably creates the ideal environment for any new disease to develop.
Similar circumstances have been known throughout history going back as far as the last Ice Age and have led to the
decline and destruction of entire civilizations such as in the Middle East and South America. However, compared to
present situations especially in China and numerous countries on the African continent, these historic cases appear
The most populated area and highest stocking density of any untreated animal faeces in the world are in Guangdong
and in Wuhan provinces in China and unfortunately, the untreated faeces are in contact with natural waters, explaining
the emergence of the Corona virus, too.
Under these circumstances the spread of new pathogens is caused by an exceptionally rapid genetic
transformation, i.e. genes are transferred between microbes present in the mixed faeces that are virtually
piled up and form a mass of pure viral, bacterial, parasitic and bacteriophages.
Bacteriophages are bacterial viruses that carry the genetic material from one bacterium to another.
New pathogenic bacteria and/or viruses are constantly being created which can cause the infection of
humans resulting in global exposure i.e. Pandemic.
Figure 1. Anatomy and infection cycle of bacteriophage T4. 1: Attachment of phages fibers to a bacterium, 2: Injection of DNA, 3: Synthesis of phage components, 4: Assembly of new phages, 5: Burst of bacterium and release of infectious phages.
Image source: Wikipedia
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If we look at the situation in Finland, unfortunately, there are instances that untreated sewage is discharged directly
into nature as a result of an overflow. This not only applies to residential waste but also from industry ending up into
the same waterways from which domestic water is abstracted such as from Päijänne to the Helsinki water supply
Only the fact that Finland has a much smaller population density has reduced the risk for outbreak of the infectious
diseases compared to China, but certainly not better waste treatment technology. As a matter of fact the waste management systems in principle are the same in Finland as they are in China.
It must also be remembered that historically, China has been able to raise domestic animals in an ecologically sustainable manner for thousands of years without erosion, local infections and pandemics until the end of 1980.
As I have personally witnessed it, the manure of the villages and sheds was continuously collected in the ground pits,
which were covered by gas collectors. The toxic gas mixture produced was purified and the extracted methane was
used as an energy source for agricultural machinery. (Methane was previously used only for cooking and heating).
Sludge from the pits was led to ponds, where worms were raised for fish. The water from the fish ponds was led to
algae breeding ponds. The algae were fed to the pigs and the algae water was led to rice fields for plant cultivation. People ate enough rice, pork, fish and vegetables without harm to health or other problems.
China was once the world’s largest exporter of food – not the origin of pandemics.
The risk of the future outbreaks such as the Corona virus can be greatly reduced if not eliminated by treating all faeces
immediately and separating them from all water, which is now possible due to the newly developed MUST – Pure
These MUST installations not only purify the water to drinking water quality but, in combination with purpose built
bio oxidizers, also oxidize the separated solids from the faeces and the dissolved substances. The latter process
involves high-temperature microbes (Thermoactinomyces) at 80 degrees for elimination of all pathogenic viruses and
The resultant product is harmless and may be used as a high grade natural fertilizer in agricultural applications or
may be further processed using a thermo-chemical cracking technology, producing elementary pure, solid carbon
and other elements.
The MUST installation, bio oxidizer and thermo-chemical cracking technology are now available on a commercial
scale and can be deployed in every country around the world to prevent future pandemics from occurring and simultaneously provide clean air, water and food.
If this article were to spread as fast as the corona virus, pandemics would be a thing of the past.
For more information on these latest technologies you can contact the author.
Dr. Hannu L. Suominen, Marine Microbiologist, PhD
Espoo, 2 March 2020