The UK government has launched a $10m (£6.2m) pilot study into using pepper plants and onions to treat severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the pepper plant and the onion plant will be tested in an upcoming US trial, a UK government spokesman said on Monday.
The government said the pilot study is the first to involve the use of pepper and onion plants in treating severe acute cases of SARS, and it has launched the project as part of its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK is the only country where pepper and onions have been approved by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the treatment of severe acute and severe respiratory syndrome, and they are used in other countries as well, including the US, the spokesman said.SARS is a coronaviral infection caused by the coronajid coronaviruses coronavirotsavirus and coronavillosis, and the current outbreak is thought to be linked to people who are exposed to contaminated food.
It is spread by direct contact with a person who has the coronaviirus.
Sars has affected millions of people worldwide.