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New UW Study looks to see if nasal and oral antiseptics can help prevent COVID-19 infections in health care workers

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - A new study from the UW medical school is looking into whether commonly used oral and nasal antiseptics can help prevent COVID-19 infections among health care workers.

Dr. Nasia Safdar, a Medical Director of Infection Control with UW Health stressed the importance of this new study. "Even though it's low cost, relatively inexpensive and low risk because these interventions have been in healthcare for a long time, we don't know fully if it works for COVID-19, so that's why it has to be studied to find out if it works because then if it works we have an additional option to combat this virus."

The healthcare workers will participate in the trial of antiseptics for 10 weeks in order to see if the antiseptics can help prevent infections and lead to future ways of fighting COVID-19.

Chip O'Brien

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