The project is in an early stage now. The idea is to block the spread of infection in the upper respiratory tract.
Researchers of Saint Petersburg State University in cooperation with their colleagues from the Smorodintsev Research Institute of Influenza are developing a nasal spray to prevent and treat COVID-19.
The drug will contain a protein product that can block the virus from spreading in the upper respiratory tract, a spokesperson for the University told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel.
The idea is to use the protein product in a nasal and throat spray or eye drops that could help prevent and treat COVID-19. The drugs are to be used when the first symptoms appear or when the risk of infection is high.
The project is in an early stage of development. Next steps will be testing it on mice and then, on human cells.
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