Could A New NASAL SPRAY Protect You from COVID-19? Scientists Think So

( Scientists from the University of California in San Francisco announced in a new report that a new nasal spray could help protect people from contracting the Chinese coronavirus. The new study, which was run by graduate student Michael Schoof, involved the manufacturing of synthetic antibodies that help stop COVID-19 from infecting human cells.

The University of California website explains how the “AeroNabs” project could soon offer inhalable protection against COVID-19.

“As the world awaits vaccines to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, UC San Francisco scientists have devised a novel approach to halting the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease,” the university explains.

Experiments that used the live virus showed that a molecule developed in their lab is one of the “most potent SARS-CoV-2 antivirals yet discovered,” giving hope to people all over the world who may have to wait another six months for the rollout of an effective and tested vaccine.

The “AeroNabs” aerosol formulation created by the scientists allows people to ingest the molecules through their nose, providing “powerful, reliable protection” against the virus until vaccines are available. The team behind the discovery is in “active discussions with commercial partners” to begin clinical testing and manufacturing of the product, and if successful, they could be made commercially available as an inexpensive over-the-counter medication.

This could change everything. Not only would it stop people from falling victim to the virus, but it would also stop the spread of the virus. Without enough hosts, the virus will simply eventually die.

Perhaps the weirdest part of this story is that the innovation was inspired by llamas. The university website says that AeroNabs were inspired by nanobodies, which are immune proteins that operate in a similar way to antibodies and which naturally occur in llamas and other animals from the same family. Since they were discovered in a lab in Belgium some four decades ago, they have been the focus of many studies. Now, it looks like that discovery might finally come in handy.