OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Researchers at the University of Mississippi are developing a treatment that could prevent the coronavirus.
Dr. Joshua Sharp, one of the researchers from the School of Pharmacy said the treatment would be a nasal spray. The spray would be prescribed by a doctor and self-administered.
Dr. Sharp hopes a daily dose would prevent people from getting the coronavirus. Especially those who aren’t showing symptoms.
"This has impacted how we live our daily lives so the idea that we can actually try to get people back to something closer to normal, you know it’s a real motivating force,” he said.
Dr. Sharp is collaborating with researchers and faculty from Ole Miss and other schools. He said they’ve conducted early tests on a similar, but a noninfectious virus.
Dr. sharp said the coronavirus usually establishes inside the nasal cavity. He believes the nasal spray should stop the virus before it infects people.
"We think if we can apply this nasal spray, it will keep the virus from being able to find purchase on those cells in your nasal cavity," he said. "Then the virus will cruise on along to your stomach and be digested with everything else you breathe in.”
The team hopes they can start clinical trials soon and see if the spray is safe for people to use.