During the experiment, chewing gum reduced the content of the Omicron and Delta virus strains in saliva by 95%.
British scientists have created an experimental chewing gum that, according to the results of a study, is able to reduce the number of coronavirus particles, in particular the Omicron strain, in saliva. Reuters writes about this.
Gum consists of a copy of the ACE2 protein found on the surface of cells, which COVID-19 uses to enter cells and infect them. In test-tube experiments using the saliva of infected people, viral particles attached to ACE2 “receptors” in chewing gum, causing the viral load to drop to undetectable levels, the researchers reported in the scientific journal Biomaterials.
It is known that during the experiment, scientists used the saliva of patients infected with Delta and Omicron strains. In their case, the activity of the virus decreased by 95% after chewing the gum.
During the clinical trial, which will begin soon, a patient with coronavirus disease will chew four gums every day for four days.
“Because nasal transmission is negligible compared to oral transmission… chewing ACE2 gum and ingesting the ACE2 protein should minimize infection, protect COVID-19 patients, and prevent transmission,” said study leader Dr. Henry Daniell of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Meanwhile, the BA.5 strain of coronavirus, which belongs to the Omicron family, has recently caused new outbreaks around the world. It was identified in South Africa, the UK, partly in Europe and Australia.
Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko believes that the population should prepare for the next wave of COVID-19.