The pandemic is growing in several countries in Europe! This means that the virus will likely walk among us for years to come and in that sense all solutions are welcome. Vaccination is currently the most effective solution in preventing the severe form of the disease, but there are other solutions on the market.

A chewing gum capable of halting the transmission of the virus was recently unveiled.

The lozenge has a traditional flavor, similar to those on the market

COVID-19 was the name given by the World Health Organization to the disease caused by the new SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, which can cause severe respiratory infection such as pneumonia. This virus was first identified in humans in late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei province.

The various vaccines that are on the market have helped to limit the disease, but there are new solutions coming.

An experimental chewing gum that contains a protein that "traps" coronavirus particles can limit the amount of virus in saliva and help contain transmission when infected people are talking, breathing or coughing. The research belongs to University of Pennsylvania researchers in Molecular Therapy.

Chewing gum has, in its composition, copies of the ACE2 protein found on the surface of cells, which the virus uses as a gateway to invade cells and infect them. In laboratory tests, it was shown that with the use of chewing gum the viral load in the samples dropped by more than 95%.

The lozenge has a traditional flavor, similar to those on the market. Furthermore, they have a shelf life of a few years if stored at "normal" temperatures. The researchers also note that this tablet would be "particularly useful in countries where vaccines are not yet available or not accessible."

Reuters

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