According to the publication MedicalXpress, this plant contains thymoquinone - it is able to bind to the S-protein of the coronavirus and prevent the development of lung infection.

"This substance also has the ability to block the cytokine storm that occurs in seriously ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19," said lead study author Professor Canise Fatima Shad of the University of Technology Sydney.

Experts have identified other beneficial properties of thymoquinone.

So, it helps in the treatment of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, and is effective in destroying Staphylococcus aureus.

As an anti-inflammatory, the herb helps people with allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, eczema and osteoarthritis.

Earlier, the head physician of hospital No. 40 in Kommunarka, Denis Protsenko, said there was no "ideal" drug against COVID-19.