U.S.– A group of scientists from the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tucson found a bacterium that could prevent the spread of COVID.
Through a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology it is detailed that a specific combination of bacterial extracts known as OM-85 inhibits COVID infection.
The team, led by the Dra. Donata Vercelli, Associate Director of the Arizona Center for Airway Diseases and Asthma Research, explained that this bacterial list was found thanks to data obtained in a work related to asthma prevention.
Bacterial lysate is basically a mixture of strains of bacteria that help fight infection, affected epithelial cells.
Never in my life would I have expected to work with COVID, but it was the urgency that the data that we obtained brought that brought us there, “said Vercelli.
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Bacterial lysate OM-85 closes doors to COVID
This mixture of bacteria strains closes the door to those cells, making it difficult for the virus to enter the cells and infect a person.
“It reduces the initial binding of the virus to the cells, reduces the entry of the virus into the cells and, most importantly, reduces the infection of these cells by live viruses,” Vercelli explained.
Likewise, it was expressed that this bacterial list could serve as a preventive to COVID or as a treatment in case the person has been infected.
“The idea is to use bacterial lysate to train our immune systems to protect us from viruses, in the same way that those who are regularly exposed to farm animals are protected against a multitude of bacteria and other microbes.”
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