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A Chewing Gum That Could Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

January 4, 2022
by Penn Today


A chewing gum laced with a plant-grown protein serves as a “trap” for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, reducing viral load in saliva and potentially tamping down transmission, according to a new study.

The work, led by Henry Daniell at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and performed in collaboration with scientists at the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as at The Wistar Institute and Fraunhofer USA, could lead to a low-cost tool in the arsenal against the COVID-19 pandemic. Their study was published in the journal Molecular Therapy.

“SARS-CoV-2 replicates in the salivary glands, and we know that when someone who is infected sneezes, coughs, or speaks some of that virus can be expelled and reach others,” says Daniell. “This gum offers an opportunity to neutralize the virus in the saliva, giving us a simple way to possibly cut down on a source of disease transmission.”

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  1. Kandelman says:

    Congratulations for your study in lighting the capacity of saliva to be used as a “reservoir” and consequently allowing the therapeutical products included in it to be slowly diluted in saliva
    Pr Daniel Kandelman DMD MPH DrCD CM
    Faculty of dental medecine
    Un of Montreal Canada

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