• Question: How do you think you can create the drug to stop the virus from infecting our cells?

    Asked by LaurenK to Danielle on 17 Nov 2021.
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      Danielle Nader answered on 17 Nov 2021:

      Hi Lauren, great question!

      For the virus to infect cells, it has to attach to the surface using its spikes (thats why the virus is called ”coronavirus”, because the spikes look like a crown). Our drug blocks the surface of the cell, so the virus can no longer recognize or attach to it. Our experiments show that when the drug is used, the virus is unable to infect cells.