Technology that reliably kills airborne viruses inside buildings could prevent most cases of cold and flu and could have saved millions of lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Rutgers expert.

Emanuel Goldman, professor of microbiology, biochemistry and molecular genetics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and other experts, including Rutgers faculty Gedi Mainelis and Don Schaffner, published a letter in The Journal of Infectious Diseases arguing that Triethylene glycol – used in a variety of products since the 1940s – should be a government-approved antiviral. Recognized as safe to humans by the Environmental Protection Agency, TEG has been shown to kill viruses in the air and on surfaces. Goldman talks about why he believes the approval of TEG is long overdue and discusses how and why it could help keep people healthy. To read the full story.