A new treatment for Covid. It involves inhaling a protein called interferon beta, which helps the immune system recognize and fight the virus. Interferon beta is naturally produced by the body, being part of the first line of defense against viruses, but the new coronavirus manages to stop the production of this protein.
The new widely tested treatment in the UK, which could prevent severe forms of COVID-19, involves administering a protein called interferon beta using a nebulizer. It enters aerosols directly into the lungs where it will trigger a stronger anti-viral response, even in patients whose immune systems are already weakened, according to digi24.
“It helps cells to really rebuild their immune response and fight the virus. Therefore, there are fewer injuries to the lungs, fewer symptoms, a lower risk of admission to intensive care or even death. Interferon beta is part of the body’s first line of defense against viruses. Basically, it warns him to expect a viral attack. When it enters the body, the new coronavirus seems to suppress the production of interferon beta as part of its strategy to evade the immune system, “explained Tom Wilkinson, a doctor, quoted by digi24.
A new treatment for Covid
Initial tests showed that interferon beta treatment reduced the chances of a patient with Covid-19 developing severe forms that would require mechanical ventilation by almost 80%. In addition, patients were two to three times more likely to recover and return to work.
“We know that some groups of patients, the elderly, people with comorbidities, have a weaker immune response, and interferon beta is like the conductor of the orchestra when it comes to how the body copes with viruses. The virus wants to invade the human body, take control of the cells and turn them into virus factories. There is a fight between the body and the virus all the time.
The tactic of viruses is to go unnoticed, to take control of the body and to replicate. One of the key tactics of coronavirs is to suppress local interferon beta production. If you do not produce enough, because you are old or have other diseases, and if the virus suppresses the production of interferon beta, then it makes sense to introduce treatment directly into the organ that fights the disease, ie in the lungs, “said Richard Marsden, president of Synairgen .
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