Scientists are making significant progress in eradicating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, although it’s currently spread all over the world. Over 51 million cases of infections worldwide were reported since the start of the pandemic, and more than 1.2 million deaths were registered because of the related disease.
Remdesivir was recently approved in the States as an anti-COVID-19 drug, and medical researchers are certainly not willing to stop here. Thanks to a team of scientists from Columbia University and Cornell University, there could be an even more efficient weapon to fight the ongoing pandemic.
The nasal spray that attacks the deadly virus
This spray was created by the researchers mentioned above, and a newly released study reveals that the substance had an effect in turning off COVID-19 before it could infect cells.
The new nasal spray attacks the protein spike of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the same structure that helps the coronavirus to inject its RNA genome into the human cell and make copies by hijacking the cellular machinery.
Ferrets tested for the efficiency of the nasal spray
Ferrets are animals that can get many human respiratory infections, and that’s why they were tested. While after receiving the real lipoprotein spray and further being exposed to COVID-19, the animals weren’t infected, the battle with the virus is far from over. Human trials are also needed for full confirmation of the treatment’s efficiency.
Europe is currently confronting with a second wave of the COVID-19 disease, and plenty of countries are reporting a growing number of daily infections. We can mention here Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy, the UK, Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, and more. Even while we pass across the Ocean, things are looking worse. The US also deals with a massive surge of cases, as the country reported a maximum of over 132,000 infections for only 24 hours several days ago.