Researchers at the University of Georgia found that an oral antiviral drug can block coronavirus transmission in ferrets in just 24 hours.
The drug, known as MK-4482 / EIDD-2801 or molnupiravir, reduces the amount of virus in the body, which can “dramatically” reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The drug can also prevent heavy COVID-19 and can reduce local outbreaks. The researchers will now have to prove the drug’s efficacy and safety in human trials.
According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Biomedical Sciences, the antiviral drug “completely suppresses transmission within 24 hours. “This is the first demonstration of an oral drug to quickly block transmission of SARS-CoV-2. It can completely change the course of a pandemic,” said Professor Richard Plemper.
The study was published in Nature Microbiology.