New Nasal Spray Found Effective Against All COVID Variants, New Nasal Spray Found Effective Against All COVID Variants

Even as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the world, a novel nasal spray developed by a team of researchers was found to be effective against all variants of COVID.

New Delhi: The new nasal spray can also prevent the viral infection upto eight hours, the researchers have found.

The nasal spray, developed by researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland, consists of a molecule. Cell cultures and animal studies have shown that TriSb92 – the new molecule – protects against coronavirus infection for at least eight hours even in cases of high exposure risk. The findings have not been peer reviewed yet.

In contrast to vaccine protection, the effect of TriSb92 begins immediately after its administration. “In animal models, nasally administered TriSb92 offered protection against infection in an exposure situation where all unprotected mice were infected,” said Anna Makela, postdoctoral researcher at the varsity.

Nasally administered, the molecule could in the future serve as a kind of biological protection against coronavirus infection that is sprayed on the mucous membranes.

“These types of molecules that prevent infections, or antiviral drugs for that matter, cannot substitute for vaccines in protecting the population against the coronavirus disease,” said Professor Kalle Saksela from the varsity.

However, there is a great need for novel means with which to enhance the protection provided by vaccines. “TriSb92 could be useful to people whose vaccine protection is insufficient for one reason or another. Depending on the epidemic situation, it could also benefit fully vaccinated individuals when administered before any situation associated with a high risk of exposure,” Saksela said.

Earlier, a study found that coronavirus’ ability to infect people starts decreasing within five minutes of being airborne and the virus loses about 90 per cent of its infectivity within 20 minutes of being in air. The yet to be peer-reviewed study is the first to explore how the virus survives in exhaled air, and emphasises the importance of maintaining physical distancing and mask-wearing, the Guardian reported.

Ventilation, though still worthwhile, is likely to have a lesser impact. “People have been focused on poorly ventilated spaces and thinking about airborne transmission over metres or across a room. I’m not saying that doesn’t happen, but I think still the greatest risk of exposure is when you’re close to someone,” Prof Jonathan Reid, director of the University of Bristol’s Aerosol Research Centre and the study’s lead author, was quoted as saying.

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