BBC news. Protein treatment trial 'a breakthrough'

by Silverdragon102 Silverdragon102, BSN (Admin) Expert Nurse

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 34 years experience.

The preliminary results of a clinical trial suggest a new treatment for Covid-19 dramatically reduces the number of patients needing intensive care, according to the UK company that developed it.

The treatment from Southampton-based biotech Synairgen uses a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when it gets a viral infection.

The protein is inhaled directly into the lungs of patients with coronavirus, using a nebuliser, in the hope that it will stimulate an immune response.

The initial findings suggest the treatment cut the odds of a Covid-19 patient in hospital developing severe disease - such as requiring ventilation - by 79%.

Coronavirus: Protein treatment trial 'a breakthrough'

Interesting read



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sounds promising. thanks!



Specializes in NICU/PICU/Transport/L&D/Hospice. Has 43 years experience. 7,896 Posts

We certainly need this since a percentage of Americans seem intent upon causing as many infections as possible through ignorant and selfish behavior.

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical. Has 50 years experience. 3,651 Posts

Scientists and physicians have discovered treatments that help more people survive COVID-19.

I continue praying for a vaccine and/or long term treatment like they did for HIV.



975 Posts

This does sound like it has great potential.

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 43 years experience. 1,667 Posts

And here is yet one more reason for me to social distance, mask up, etc., now. If I have to get COVID, I want to get it later, when we know more and have better treatments.

This certainly looks hopeful.



975 Posts

I've considering raising llamas for the antibodies but there's no room for them on my front porch. Scared they might eat my veggies. I think I'll wait for this one instead!

This is fabulous news! Let's hope there is more good news very soon.