Scientists from Northwestern University in the United States have discovered what may be the weakness of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for the development of Covid-19. Each discovery comes down to the electrostatics generated between the virus and the cells of the human body. Researchers believe that it is possible to take advantage of this weakness to help fight the new coronavirus.
The process works as follows: in electrostatics, opposite charges attract each other and similar charges repel each other. This also happens between us and the virus, because our cells are negatively charged and the virus, in a region located only ten nanometers from the part of the spiny protein that invades human cells, is positively charged. Exactly this point, so hidden, is considered possibly vulnerable by scientists.
To test the theory and give hope to the world, which has for the most part suffered from the pandemic caused by Covid 19, scholars have blocked the region with a negatively charged molecule. And to the general joy of the nation, the procedure prevented the new coronavirus from reaching the host cell.
Still, according to scientists, although it is good news, a way to combat the root disease, transforming this molecule into a real treatment, available to people all over the planet, will be a long and difficult job.