Experimental Chewing Gum Could Reduce Coronavirus Spread

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A new experimental chewing gum could reduce the amount of coronavirus particles in saliva and help slow transmission, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Therapy.
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The gum contains a protein that "traps" virus particles and could limit the spread of virus-laden droplets when infected people are talking, breathing, or coughing.

"Chewing gum with virus-trapping proteins offers a general affordable strategy to protect patients from most oral virus re-infections through debulking or minimizing transmission to others," the study authors wrote.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania tested the chewing gum in test tubes using saliva and swab…
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