Australian researchers are testing a new coronavirus treatment, that could prevent the virus spreading to other people.
They’ve adapted a cancer treatment known as ‘BromAc®’, to provide relief from the worst impacts of the virus.
It could also prevent the virus moving into the lungs of carriers and render it unable to infect other cells.
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The treatment has been under development for 11 years, and includes two components that together can dissolve the spike of Covid-19.
Australian researched Professor David Morris says if the treatment is successful, it could stop coronavirus in its tracks.
“We’ve taken a drug in development for more than a decade and asked whether it can be adapted for treating people infected with Covid-19.
“Our lab results show the new drug renders the Covid-19 spike ineffective, stopping it from infecting other cells.”
“We hope the results will show the treatment can confine Covid to the nose and throat and prevent lung infection, and stop infected patients from passing on the live virus.
“If this drug works in the way expected, an infected person could take it at the first signs of Covid-19 and stop the virus in its tracks.
“This could provide a very safe and effective way of saving lives, protecting vulnerable workers preventing hospitalisation and getting people infected by Covid returning back to their everyday lives,” Professor Morris said.
We’re being warned this treatment won’t create a vaccine for the virus, but could work in tandem as a treatment or prevention.