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UW Study looks at new protections for frontline healthcare workers

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Madison, Wis. (WAOW) -- A new UW study has the potential to help prevent COVID-19 in frontline healthcare workers, and its open to recruitment now.

The study is looking at the use of oral and nasal antiseptic as a way to kill viruses before than can enter the body.

While these antiseptics would not be a replacement for other PPE, such as masks, it could still be a useful preventative measure for frontline workers and possibly even others.

"Any place where people are gathering together, this might be a really welcome added layer of protection. But in order to say that, we first have to demonstrate that it works, and so that's why people need to sign up to participate," says Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Health, Dr. Nasia Safdar.

Frontline healthcare workers around Wisconsin are being asked to participate in this ten week trial. If interested, please contact the research coordinators at or call (608) 262-6560.


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