You might have heard someone mention a nasal spray for COVID. I’ve heard people talk about it here and there, though not in much detail. Lucky for me and my podcast listeners, DR. Hector Aguilar-Carreno came on Causes or Cures to discuss his and his team’s research on a nasal spray for COVID.
His and and his team’s research was published in Nature, May’22 and titled: A TMPRSS2 inhibitor acts as a pan-SARS-CoV-2 prophylactic and therapeutic. ( TMPRSS2 is pronounced “Temp-ress”. I’m letting you know, because you’ll hear it used a lot in the podcast.
During the episode, he breaks down the study and in an easy-to-understand way explain what TMPRSS2 is and how it relates to COVID-19 infection; the inhibitors and how they work; results when tested on cells and mice; why a nasal spray would be the most ideal way to administer this; public health implications, and where they are at in the research process. He also discusses timing, meaning when it would be most beneficial to use the nasal spray for COVID. Basically he pitches it as a preventive tool and an early-treatment tool. You’ll also hear me discuss my upcoming trip to Europe and how I wish a nasal spray was available! I would totally use it before hopping on a plane and crossing the ocean to a different country. A nasal spray sounds especially appealing asthe durability of the COVID vaccines continues to be a big question.
Who is Dr. Aguilar-Carreno ? He is a virologist, professor and researcher with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He’ll also talk more about what he does in the podcast.
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In addition to the podcast on nasal spray for COVID, also consider checking out:
The MonkeyPox Outbreak that started in Nigeria in 2017,with an Infectious Disease expert in Nigeria
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