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Scientists in Philadelphia Create Antique Chewing Gum

Scientists believe a new experimental chewing gum could help people protect themselves from COVID-19. What kind of know-how is this? Mirror.

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Chewing gum contains a protein that "traps" coronavirus particles and can limit the amount in saliva.

Researchers believe that chewing gum can limit transmission of the virus when infected people talk, breathe, or cough.

Chewing gum contains copies of the ACE2 protein found on the surface of cells, which the virus uses as a gateway to enter and infect cells.

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The scientists explained that in test-tube experiments using saliva samples and swabs from infected people, viral particles attached to the ACE2 "receptors" in chewing gum.

As a result, the viral load in the samples dropped by more than 95%, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania said.

They stated that the lifesaving substance tastes like regular chewing gum and can last for years at normal temperatures.

The scientists emphasized that chewing it does not damage the ACE2 protein molecules.

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About one in three people infected with COVID-19, there are no symptoms, meaning they can spread the virus without knowing it.

The researchers said that using chewing gum to lower the viral load in saliva could improve the effectiveness of vaccinations and would be especially beneficial in countries where vaccines are not yet available.

While the experimental tool is not yet ready for widespread use, it could be a promising step in the future.

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