Anti-covid pill. It is only given to people who are already infected.
In addition to covid vaccines, scientists are trying to find new ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Graz, Austria, want to create a pill that inactivates coronaviruses in the oral cavity.
It is a tablet that can be given to people who are already infected and will prevent them from passing on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The infected person will no longer be able to contaminate others.
Anti-covid pill. It is only given to people who are already infected
The pill that dissolves in the mouth is based on a known principle, already used in anticoagulant treatment. The mode of action is like a kind of trap set for the virus. It fools him, as the specialists explain.
“The virus needs two points of support to invade an organism. On the one hand, the classic ACE2 receptor, but in addition to this it needs another one, we call it co-receptor.
We come and propose it to the virus in a soluble form. The virus receives it, is surrounded by the co-receptor, then thinks it has reached the correct fulcrum. It no longer penetrates and thus loses its ability to infect “, said the researcher Andreas Kungl.
Experts estimate that if all goes well, the compound could be available in half a year. Its effectiveness is still being tested. right Tyr, scientists want to determine how long the protection it offers lasts and how much active ingredient should be contained in a tablet.
If approved, however, the new remedy cannot replace vaccination, as it is given only to the sick and is intended only to prevent transmission, not to protect against infection.
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