I can hardly find a logical explanation
Why people are hoarding toilet paper.
So a researcher at my institution may have stumbled upon a cure.
So far it has a data set of 1.
This common item, currently readily available at grocery stores, once word gets out, profiteers will buy everything out and resell it at a thousand fold.
Then again, this researcher, who came down with the chills and fevers, followed by several days of feeling better, then getting worse, has remained symptom free after a regimen of 100 grams of the dry powder per day.
This young, fledgling PhD candidate is now trying to explain it to the big wig tenured boys, to do a study, which means
Get 100 sick patient's to drink this each day.
So what is the science? Along about 17 or so years ago, Covid19's sister, SARS,was wreaking it's havoc across the land. SARS, would infect it's victim, they would get very sick, then become contagious, then, mostly, die. SARS fizzled out, because people could be isolated before they got contagious. Covid19, you get contagious before you know you are sick.
Researchers were all abuzz investigating
SARS. There is a treasure trove of science literature to piece things together
That is where our hero, an English major turned Chemist, appears. English majors are Keen on digging into, critiquing, and ferreting out connections.
If you Google "sars cov 2 angiotensin"
You can get a taste of science language.
In my own stab at making some rhyme and reason, a particular enzyme, that appears somewhat like a crab claw, dots the outside surface of the cells in our body. This enzyme,
Bites onto protein molecules called Angiotensins, modified them, opens it's jaw, and let's the now modified Angiotensins go free. A certain part of the Angiotensins has the correct shape, to fit into the crab claw, while most everything else floating by will not fit in, like a lock and the right key.
It just so happens, that the SARS virus particle, also does a lock and key type attachment, but not to the inside of the active jaws of the claw, but rather, to the outer surface, like the back of your hand, not the inside palm.
So, back then, back in the early 2000's researchers looked to design molecules
That would stick to the same spot as where SARS could stick, thus , all the seats would be taken, no free spot available when a SARS virus particle floated by.
But our hero, studied some articles published by a for-profit drug making company, that, at the time, was most effective combatting SARS. But this company kept the actual structural shape of it's drug, a trade secret, so maybe it was really fending off the virus by some other means.
Fast forward to now, where the antimalarial drugs show some hope,
Our hero noticed how a part of the antimalarial molecule, due to the right shape, would not attach on the outer surface of the jaw, where SARS, as well as Novel Corona virus attached, but rather, the antimalarial fits INSIDE the claw, thus distorting or stretching the outside surface, to the point that the virus cannot latch on. Our hero, reasoned that the drug company was hiding it's formula because it actually worked by also attaching to the inside of the jaw.
Well, what does this have to do with the food that may offer a cure?
Well this particular food, is one of the most allergy producing foods, right up there with peanuts. When the protein part of this food that I am not yet revealing, gets digested in your stomach,
(A protein is like a beaded necklace that has gotten tangled up, making a useful shape, in it's tangled up form. The twenty or so amino acids ( the beads) string together, each one adding it's own special Junk, or twist,or sharp reactive edge, or soft spot, to knit together the overall protein. Like the artist at the circus, who takes a long skinny balloon and trusts and turns it into the shape of a dog)
So this food protein, being digested by stomach acid,gets snipped into short chains, or short lengths of beads,or amino acid building blocks, which are small enough to pass thru the intestine wall into the blood vessels. Now, short pieces of the original large protein, are called peptides. Peptides can do powerful things. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, is three amino acids long.
The digested peptides, from our mystery food, get themselves messed up, like mischevious children into our body's
Chemistry. That is why this food triggers so many allerhies.
One particular snippet fits right into our claw shaped enzyme, letting it chew on it for a while, with no particular result, kind of like our mouths chewing on some bubble gum, with nothing much filling out tummies, but in this particular case, the backside of that jaw, with all the chomping action the jaw is doing,, the back of the jaw gets stretched differently, enough so that the virus does not attach.
The virus does not attach to a claw chewing on bubble gum.
And so, folks, if the virus cannot get a good grip on the outside surface of the cell, it cannot drill it's way in.
Creative daydreams of a young genius?
More than likely.
Actual cure? I will give it a one percent chance.