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With the UK in full national lockdown and every day seeming to bring increasingly concerning news, it’s a rarity to be able to report some good news when it comes to COVID-19.
Scientists have developed a simple nasal spray which has been proved to reduce your chances of contracting coronavirus by up to 78%.
The spray works by coating your nose with a thin gel layer that creates a barrier to the virus reaching your nasal membranes.
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The principle and application is similar to that of an anti allergy nasal spray.
Meanwhile, the spray also contains a small amount of citric acid which kills viruses on contact by altering the pH of the nasal cavity.
In trials, the spray killed the virus 99% of the time, however, in real life settings it was found to be 78% effective with no side effects.
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The spray is easy to use and apply and offers protection for up to five hours.
The spray called Taffix is promised by its developer to provide protection while we wait to be vaccinated.
However, the scientists behind the product are keen to stress that the spray is not a substitute for a face covering.
Dr Dalia Meggido, co-founder and chief executive officer of the firm behind the spray, said: “Taffix is not a replacement for masks, it is an additional layer of protection.
“Masks clearly help prevent infections, but they do not offer 100% protection.
"Taffix provides an additional layer of protection, which is particularly useful in high-risk settings such as public transport, shops and schools — basically any enclosed space.”
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"But it will be some time before enough people are vaccinated to protect our communities, so it is likely to be a long and difficult winter and spring 2021.
“In addition Taffix is a nonspecific protection against respiratory viruses and as such will have an important role in preventing the annual influenza spread and other viruses that might threaten us.
“In the meantime, Taffix helps to provide a safe, simple and clinically proven way to dramatically reduce the risk of catching Covid-19.”
The Taffix spray costs £13.99, which equates to around 7p/spray and is available on the company's website.
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