A gif I created visualizing how existing drugs used to treat hepatitis C may have potential to treat COVID-19 by stopping the “heart” of the virus.


A gif I created visualizing how existing drugs used to treat hepatitis C may have potential to treat COVID-19 by stopping the “heart” of the infection.


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  1. For those who want to actually know what’s going on:

    The “heart” is an enzyme. It’s performing it’s designated action, which seems to be some form of lysing (cutting) here. Some antiviral drugs, such as this one, do what’s called “competitive inhibition” where they look like what the enzyme grabs on to, but wont actually do anything while it’s there. This basically buys time for the immune system to destroy the enzyme and mitigate the damage dealt and multiplication of the virus and, by extension, the enzymes.

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