COVID-19 outbreak. Chewing gum and the coronavirus. US scientists are conducting research

Experimental chewing gum could reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study published in the US journal Molecular Therapy.

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Evidence shows that people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have high levels of the virus in their saliva. For this reason, American scientists wanted to investigate whether a specially designed chewing gum could reduce the amount of the virus in the mouth and thus potentially limit its spread.

Gum that positively affects oral health is not a new idea. According to previous research chewing gums containing substances such as calcium and bicarbonate can improve the health of the mouth by reducing dental discomfort and reducing the number of harmful bacteria. However, targeting the coronavirus thus it is a novel approach.

It has been found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters human cells by attaching to the ACE2 proteins found on the surface of certain cells in our body. Scientists have therefore produced a gum that contains high levels of the ACE2 proteins found in plants. They assumed that these proteins in chewing gum could “trap” virus particles in the mouth, reducing the possibility of our cells becoming infected and spreading to other people.

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