During the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2004, several studies showed that nitric oxide was effective in killing this SARS virus, a type of coronavirus. The molecule/gas nitric oxide is already used to help newborn babies and adults with acute respiratory illnesses.
According to Dr. Ignarro, Nobel Prize winner, it can be used to treat or even prevent COVID-19 infections.
According to Nobel Prize winner in medicine, Dr. Louis Ignarro, the 'miracle molecule' nitric oxide could play a major role in the fight against COVID-19.
Dr. Louis Ignarro explains that nitric oxide, could be a turning point in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. Dr. Louis Ignarro won a Nobel Prize in 1998 for his pioneering discovery of the molecule and its positive health effects.
Nitric oxide is a colourless gas produced naturally in the arteries that relaxes the blood vessels so that there is both better blood flow and better oxygen flow. Inhaling nitric oxide is widely known for saving newborn babies with heart defects and consequent oxygen deprivation. Dr. Ignarro, like many others, says the biggest problems for COVID-19 patients are inflammation and blood clotting.
Nitric oxide is a natural weapon to prevent blood clots. Dr. Ignarro adds that the molecule also fights, bacteria, parasites and viruses. It is safe and already used as a rescue therapy for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
In this video Dr. L.J. Ignarro explains the following: "The benefits of nitric oxide are many and especially for the cardiovascular system, but it also impacts on other systems as well. Because nitric oxide can keep blood vessels healthy by normalizing pressure and increasing blood flow. And that is so great about the natural substances that are present in our body.
The hospital is the first centre in the U.S. to rigorously test inhaled nitric oxide for new coronavirus. The Massachusetts general hospital is organising a study focused on severe COVID-19 patients who have been intubated and admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). They will be administered nitric oxide.
Those patients inhale nitrogen, twice a day, for 30 minutes . The hope is that the treatment will prevent the disease from getting worse.
Another trial will be conducted and will focus on health care workers with exposure to COVID-19 patients. They will be administered nitric oxide before and after their shifts to see if the treatment that could protect them from the virus.
Dr. Louis Ignarro seems confident that nitric oxide will be very effective to in fighting inflammation and destruction in the lungs, because that's how the SARS-CoV-2 virus kills people.A "ninja gas" is what Dr. John Walker, a specialist respiratory orthodontist and clinical instructor of orthodontics at Boston University, calls nitric oxide. He reportedly believes the molecule could help reduce the pandemic.