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Photodynamic therapy can help combat secondary infections in COVID-19 patients, according to researchers at the Optics and Photonics Research Center (CEPOF), which is supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation. The researchers advocate photodynamic therapy as a complementary treatment for decreasing the viral and bacterial load in the patient’s respiratory tract.
The compounds used in photodynamic therapy interact with light to produce singlet oxygen, a highly reactive oxygen species that kills viruses and bacteria by oxidizing their membranes. “When the patient inhales these substances, the drug can be activated with extracorporeal light, which then attacks pathogens in the airways,” principal…READ MORE