PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered an antibody that blocks the SARS-CoV-2 virus - the cause of COVID-19.
Doctor John Mellors, Chief of Infectious Diseases at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh said they've discovered Potent Human Monoclonal Antibodies. These antibodies have been used to make a drug that is reportedly effective at preventing and treating the SARS-CoV-2 infection in small rodents.
In a video published by the University of Pittsburgh, Mellors says there could be two major uses for the Antibodies. "One is for treatment of people who already have COVID-19 and the idea is that the antibody will block the spread of the virus throughout the body," said Mellors. "The other major use is to prevent infection."
Scientists are also looking at different ways the drug could be administered such as inhalation. A delivery method like this is possible due to the small size of the antibody component.