Scientists test chewing gum that reduces coronavirus levels in saliva – Human – Science and technology

An experimental chewing gum developed by scientists in the USA can also help in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

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Chewing gum contains copies of the enzyme ACE2, which acts as a receptor for the virus on the surface of human cells, and can thus significantly reduce the amount of virus in saliva. A person with an infection who used chewing gum would infect far fewer people, Reuters reported.

Experts from the University of Pennsylvania published the results of the experiment in a journal Molecular Therapy. In their study, they described that they examined the amount of virus in saliva under laboratory conditions and observed how it decreased when using chewing gum. According to them, the viral load can be reduced by up to 95 percent when using enzyme chewing gum.

The chewing gum has a taste and consistency similar to the classic ones and can be safely stored at room temperatures for years. The authors of the study state that even chewing does not damage the enzymes. Reducing the viral load in saliva can help slow the spread of the infection, as the coronavirus is often transmitted when talking, coughing or sneezing.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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