Nanosponges are equipped with a membrane coated with the same receptors as cells of the human body. As a result, SARS-CoV-2 perceives them as its goals and connects with them.
“This is how treatment works: the virus loses its only goal – the ability to replicate and as a result becomes safe. And the viral “waste” is eliminated from the body in a natural way, “the study says.
The effectiveness of nanospongs was tested on lung cells. According to the developers of the new treatment method, SARS-CoV-2 in this case lost 93% of its properties.
“Unlike drugs, nanosponges can be used to treat a wide range of viral diseases,” commented co-author Anna Honka.
This approach will work against any new coronavirus and other respiratory viruses. In addition, according to scientists, nanoscale gn will lose their ability even with a mutation of the virus.
“I don’t think it can be said about vaccines or medicines that are being developed now,” says scientist Lianfang Zhang.
After all, as is known, annual mutations of the virus require new studies and a new vaccine composition, as is the case, for example, with the influenza virus.