A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine using medical chewing gum found that a “plant protein” can “capture” an infectious virus.
Henry Daniel, head of the study, said:
SARS-CoV-2 reproduces in the salivary glands, and we know that when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks, some of the virus can be shed and reach others.
He also added:
This gum has the ability to neutralize the virus in saliva, giving us an easy way to possibly reduce the source of disease transmission.
The study also claims that masks help protect others from the virus, but do not stop re-infection.
Although masks can prevent transmission to others, they do not protect against re-infection of infected individuals.” – wrote the authors in research. “Thus, chewing gum as a biomaterial offers a new and practical application during the current pandemic.
The researchers cultivated the protein in plants and tested it on infected patients.
To test their chewing gum, the researchers cultured ACE2 proteins in plants – along with other compounds that promote successful binding – and infused the material with cinnamon-flavored chewing gum, then tested it on nasal swabs COVID-positive patients.
The study determined that the protein neutralizes the virus.
The researchers are currently seeking approval to begin a clinical trial. If successful, people will be able to chew gum while removing their masks.
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