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French Researchers To Test if Nicotine Could Help in COVID-19 Fight

FRENCH RESEARCHERS – The researchers in France are planning to test if nicotine could help in coronavirus fight.

Scientists and medical researchers worldwide are doing their best to halt the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The deadly virus was first detected in Wuhan City, China.

Until now, there are no vaccines to protect us against the coronavirus. The virus continues to spread all over the world and all of us are still vulnerable to it.

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If scientists successfully discovered a vaccine that could fight COVID-19, we would not be sick. The government will lift all lockdowns and the physical distancing would be relaxed.

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently announced that he will a reward any Filipino who discover the coronavirus vaccine. He said he will offer him/her P10 million.

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Meanwhile, the medical researchers in France said they are testing whether nicotine could protect people from coronavirus. Based on a report from Tribune.net, they will conduct further trials if the substance could be useful in treating and preventing people from contracting the virus.

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According to the report, most of their COVID-19 patients were non-smokers. The co-author of the research and an internal medicine professor, Zahir Amoura, said: “among these patients, only five percent were smokers.”

Jean-Pierre Changeux, a renowned neurobiologist in France, said nicotine is blocking the coronavirus from entering our cells and spreading in our body.

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Based on the report, they are currently waiting for France’s health authorities’ approval. Researchers plan to test their nicotine patches on frontliners at Pitie-Salpetriere hospital and COVID-19 patients. They are not encouraging people to use nicotine patches or smoke because they still have to do further research.

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