Since the appearance of the coronavirus, companies in France have been competing in inventions to fight the Covid-19 epidemic.
After the mask, the hydroalcoholic gel, the nasal spray could become the new barrier gesture "
made in France."
In Provence, a French start-up called Pharma and Beauty has created a nasal spray that is 99% effective against Covid-19, according to it.
This virucidal spray is based on ionized water, known for its antimicrobial properties.
, the president of P&B Group, Laurent Dodet affirmed in early February that “
this spray deactivates the virus, it dislodges it.
After use, you have to blow your nose a few minutes later, to completely clean the nasal cavities.
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This innovation has been validated by the university laboratory of the IHU in Marseille, where Professor Didier Raoult works.
The ionized water-based solution was tested on the strain of SARS-CoV-2.
According to Pharma and Beauty, the results were approved by Professor Bernard La Scola, head of the research department at the Institut Méditerranée Infection.
, the professor confirms that “
this substance kills the virus at 99.9%.
It is a gesture of hygiene comparable to the use of hydroalcoholic solution, not really comparable to a mask for example.
It should be noted that these tests were not carried out on human beings.
Composed of 40% ionized water and 60% purified water, this nasal spray would have - in addition to anti-Covid virtues - anti-viral, purifying, cleansing and depolluting virtues, according to Pharma and Beauty.
This solution would also be 100% natural, without preservatives and bio-compatible.
A nasal spray available from March in pharmacies
In a press release dated February 11, the company Pharma and Beauty indicates that “its
efficacy has been demonstrated in vitro on SARS-CoV-2 with the inactivation of the virus to more than 99% in 30 seconds.
This nasal spray will be marketed in France, from March 1, in pharmacies by the ORGANIC FOR SCIENCE LAB laboratory, and from mid-March in parapharmacy and e-parapharmacy by the company BLOOMUP.
Eventually, distribution is also planned in hospitals, private clinics and nursing homes in these same territories.
», Adds the press release from P&B Group.
The objective of this nasal spray is to have a preventive effect "
after taking a risk for example
", explained the president of P&B Laurent Dodet, to AFP at the end of January.
It would also "
reduce the viral load
" in those infected, he said.
Consulted by AFP, general practitioner Pierre-Jacques Raybaud, a graduate in immunology, believes that this process may be interesting.
you inhale immediately after being infected,” he
says, but before the virus enters the respiratory tract.
The ENT union skeptical
However, this nasal product should not be confused with the Covid-19 vaccine.
This spray does not cure the coronavirus.
It is a medical device, and not a medicine, for which different rules are applied.
Contacted by Le
, Jean-Michel Klein, vice-president of the national ENT union, warns that “
the rules of hygiene should not be confused with the treatment, which is the Covid-19 vaccine.
This spray can be a barrier gesture like hydroalcoholic gel.
But it is by no means a drug.
To fight the virus, you have to wash your hands, put on a mask, and isolate yourself in the event of contamination. ”
The pharmaceutical industry recovers people's anguish and makes people believe that the miracle cure for Covid-19 has been found, in vitro.
Nothing proves that if the virus is destroyed in a test tube, it will be destroyed in the nasal mucosa, ”
warns Jean-Michel Klein.
He regrets the ambiguity maintained around these products sold in pharmacies, “
to persuade that it is a treatment.