Virologist Christian Drosten spoke in the current episode of the “Coronavirus Update” podcast about the importance of the nose for the virus. For this he went into a current study on this topic.
Virologist Christian Drosten spoke in the current podcast episode of the “Corona Virus Update” at NDR about the role of the nose in the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“The nose is apparently a very good target organ for the SARS-2 virus,” said the virologist, who also dubbed the olfactory organ as a possible virus thrower. “I think that when you exhale, a good amount of virus is excreted from your nose,” said Drosten.
In the podcast episode, a study that deals with precisely this topic was discussed. It was found that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus reproduced very well in the tissue samples from the nose.
What role will the nose play in treatment in the future?
In the future, the nose may also play a major role in the treatment of viral infections. Because theoretically, a drug could also be administered to humans.
“It is worth considering inhalation therapy, perhaps even vaccination later,” Drosten said. Maybe in the form of a nasal spray or an inhaler for the lungs?
There would be an advantage here: the substance would not have to take the detour via the blood into the affected tissue, for example. “Pharmaceutical companies are currently working on rephrasing this,” explains Drosten.
However, whether and when there will be a vaccine is still a matter of uncertainty.