The preliminary research suggests that an antiseptic nasal spray containing povidone-iodine might help in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier, a team of the throat, ear, and nose doctors while doing some test tube experiments found out that povidone-iodine nasal spray can inactivate the virus in less than 15 seconds. The spray which they tested is usually used to disinfect the nose before surgery.
In JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the doctors ask each and every patient to use the nasal spray before every intranasal procedure in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission through the air.
The doctors also suggest the patients to disinfect their nose even before coming to appointments in order to prevent the virus from spreading in the waiting areas and other common areas.
However, the doctors also say that povidone-iodine can be dangerous for some people especially for pregnant women and for the people with thyroid conditions.
According to the researchers, the larger clinical trials have not proved it yet that the virus can be prevented by the use of povidone-iodine nasal spray, but they are studying over it.
via ARY News