Dr. Jonas Salk displays his polio vaccine which he developed in a University of Pittsburgh laboratory.

University of Pittsburgh Scientists Discover Antibody That Neutralizes COVID-19

Research scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated “the smallest biological molecule” that “completely and specifically neutralizes” SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19.

Technical Explanation: The antibody component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, and has been used to create the drug Ab8, shared in the report published by the researchers in the journal Cell on Monday. The drug is seen as a potential preventative against SARS-CoV-2.

News for the Common Man: Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered an antibody that completely neutralizes the Coronavirus. If proven successful, you probably won’t die from COVID-19, but you could still die from a whole bunch of other really bad stuff like cancer, a car crash, or an encounter with Black Lives Matter activists.

Technical Explanation: According to the report, the drug has been “highly effective in preventing and treating” the SARS-CoV-2 infections in mice and hamsters during tests. The drug also reportedly does not bind to human cells, which suggests it will not have negative side effects in people.

News for the Common Man: “Alvin,” “Simon,” and “Theodore” made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Let us now take a moment of silence in their honor…

Gone, but not forgotten. These brave chipmunks gave their lives for science.

Our sympathies to Mr. David Seville.

*Please Note: Yes, we realize Chipmunks aren’t hamsters, but it’s still funny.

Technical Explanation: Researchers are “thinking outside the box” for how the drug could be administered, stating it may be able to be inhaled or through a superficial injection, instead of an IV.

News for the Common Man: In time, you’ll be able to enjoy full-flavored COVID-19 immunity in vaping form. Keep your eyes peeled next time you’re at the convenience store.

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