Prayer #307: For At-Home Treatment for COVID-19 Now in Government Trials
The pharmaceutical company Synairgen has just announced its development of a respiratory drug that would be an at-home treatment for COVID-19. Richard Marsden, CEO of Synairgen, describes the drug this way:
“Every virus has to have a bag of tricks to evade the immune system. And viruses want to jump into cells, take over the cell, burst that cell open and spread lots of virus particles from cell to cell and person to person. And this particular virus is SARS-CoV-2 virus is very good at suppressing the production of a key antiviral protein that we all make when we get viral infections, and if you don't make enough of this protein because the virus is suppressing it, then you are now super vulnerable to that viral infection. We deliver our drug, which is this protein called interferon beta, directly into the lungs through a nebulizer . . . And by delivering the drug directly into the lungs, we're hoping to help those lungs handle the virus better. So we won't stop the infection from taking hold in the upper respiratory tract but if we can protect the lungs then hopefully we'll stop you from getting very breathless and prevent them from being hospitalized."
Funding from the federal government's Operation Warp Speed has enabled Synairgen's drug to be put into ACTIV trials for testing.
Pray for the testing of this drug, which has the potential to be an important treatment for those with COVID-19, one that could protect the lungs and prevent numerous hospitalizations. Pray for care and wisdom for those conducting these important tests. Pray that the tests could be completed as quickly as possible without compromising the testing and investigations that are vital and necessary.
Is. 12:2: "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation."