Written by Ewan Smith, CNN
For anyone fearful of avoiding any disease that some authoritarian regime might decide to eradicate, Antonio Stocco ‘s Antiviral Covid-19 Pills might offer some hope.
His “miracle” pills — based on preliminary trials of 9,000 over a 12-year period — were only predicted to be able to prevent 24 illnesses in an ongoing long-term clinical trial, but the results were so positive that news of the discovery broke in the run-up to Christmas last year, when the first capsules were released. The benefits also saw the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of Europe (MHRA) green-lighting the creation of a patch to further protect against any new potential diseases.
“This is the first time that effective ways of preventing outbreaks of a particular disease can be developed that don’t rely on vaccines,” said Stocco, an infectious disease doctor, in a January 2018 press release. The prophylactic dose contained 40g of egg yolk protein, which — when used alongside a steady course of liquid Vitamin C — was able to produce “substantial reductions” in an array of bacteria that causes over 13,000 deaths across the world each year.
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, which infects many throats before making their way into the digestive tract and bloodstream, is the most prevalent cause of foodborne illnesses. After it caused a crisis in the U.S. over the holiday season in 2016, resulting in vomiting, stomach pain and fever in at least 50 patients , this year it affected thousands more.
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Despite this, the pills appear to protect against the new disease, as well as other potentially dangerous strains of germs. However, Stocco is keen to caution against the notion that the pills will be able to protect against “every conceivable infection, as long as there are bacteria in our system.”
In fact, flu vaccines are already developed for a perfect mix of strains, so “it’s impossible to block everything because some bacteria can survive those vaccines,” he explained to CNN in an interview last year.