A Harvard doctor is claiming he’s developed a nasal spray to help prevent coronavirus. Per the New York Post, the $50 device “delivers a calcium chloride-based solution, similar to a saline spray, which could prevent viral shedding by up to 99% for as long as six hours.”
They add that the handheld pump, called the Nimbus, doesn’t need to be inserted in the nose. It just needs to be held nearby so its user can breathe in the mist.
Dr. David Edwards claims the solution can stop people from coughing out viral particles. It also may prevent users from further inhaling those particles and infecting their lungs with the virus. “The spray cleans the airways of the particles that potentially shuttle airborne viruses into and out of our lungs.”
The nasal spray is currently undergoing pilot testing, but they hope it can be used by health-care workers or people in public spaces. Also, since the spray doesn’t contain any drugs, Food and Drug Administration approval isn’t needed.
Dr. David Edwards also hopes his product can be used for the seasonal flu.
So far, the spray, which is sold by a company called Sensory Cloud, has been tested on humans and animals to treats illnesses like smallpox, swine flu, and anthrax and has had success. Preorders for the system ship in September. Sadly, anyone who uses one will still have to wear a face mask.