As the coronavirus vaccine continues to be distributed across the world in an effort to control the global pandemic, there is a new development that could be available over the counter by the summer.
According to The Telegraph, a nasal spray that can prevent COVID-19 has been developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham.
The nasal spray can block COVID-19 for up to two days.
Dr. Richard Moakes, the study’s lead researcher, is hopeful that the nasal spray can lead to establishments like schools being reopened.
“We think it will help in schools, as one of the good things about the formulation of the nasal spray is that it would not need to be reformulated for children,” Moakes said.
“If it could facilitate getting students back to school, and education being re-established, then that would be great.”
From the New York Post:
The spray includes an antiviral agent called carrageenan — also used as a thickening agent in food — and a solution called gellan, a gelling agent that sticks to cells in the nose. Gellan can be sprayed as fine droplets inside the nasal cavity, where it can cover the surface evenly and stay at the delivery site rather than sliding out of the nose.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 25.3 million confirmed cases and 421,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.