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Could Protection from COVID Soon Be Available Through a Nasal Spray?

Best Health - Multiple companies, including Canada's SaNOtize, are developing nasal sprays that could change how we fight the virus. Here’s what you need to know. Why are nasal swabs used to detect COVID-19? Since the virus typically enters the body through the nose, the nasal passage is the first place its particles can be found. So, what if there could be an  antibody response  in the nose to stop the virus from spreading to the rest of the body? A special nasal spray may be able to do just that—and many Canadian researchers are working to develop one. Vancouver-based research and development company SaNOtize is currently testing its  nitric oxide nasal spray  to prevent and treat early cases of COVID. “We call it the hand sanitizer for the nose because you use it to basically disinfect your nose,” says Gilly Regev, CEO and one of the co-founders of SaNOtize. While the SaNOtize spray is a “preventative treatment,” not a vaccine, according to Regev, researchers at various Canadian

Intranasal Vitamin A for COVID Anosmia

A new study will consider whether vitamin A can help those who have lost their sense of smell after having Covid -19. The 12-week ‘Apollo trial’ will treat people who have experienced smell loss or an altered sense of smell as a result of viral infections with nasal drops containing the vitamin, the University of East Anglia (UEA) said in a statement. The university said research from Germany had shown the potential benefit of the vitamin, and its team “will explore how this treatment works to help repair tissues in the nose damaged by viruses”. The researchers hope the study “could one day help improve the lives of millions around the world who suffer from smell loss, by returning their fifth sense”. It comes after a study by an international group of smell experts, published in the journal International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology in April, advised against using steroids to treat smell loss and instead suggested “smell training”. One of the researchers, Prof Carl Philpott fro


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