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Mike Chapman, Record Searchlight
Siskiyou County residents who test positive for COVID-19 anytime between Sunday and Thursday this week are being asked to participate in a medical trial of a possible treatment for the virus.
The Stanford University-sponsored investigational effort is taking place on Friday at Redding’s Shasta Regional Medical Center in cooperation with Dr. George Domb, a Redding ear, nose and throat specialist.
The study’s backers hope to attract about 45 people, Domb said.
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The local study is part of a larger effort investigating whether a nasal spray containing the antiseptic Betadine (povidone-iodine) can kill coronavirus in the nose on contact. If it works, Domb said, the product could become an extra layer of protection against coronavirus, to be used in addition to hand washing, wearing masks in public and social distancing from others.
Two-thirds of the study participants will receive the treatment. The rest will receive a placebo, a substance that has no therapeutic effect and is used as a control in testing new drugs.
Participants in the Redding study will go on to self administer five days of nasal sprays at home, according to a promotional notice from Stanford Medicine.
Study participants must register in advance, be 18 or older, have tested positive for COVID-19 this week and be able to come to Shasta Regional Medical Center on Friday, Dec. 11 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Stanford medical officials will conduct testing in SRMC’s parking lot and participants will not get out of their cars, said Domb.
People wanting to enroll in the trial should call 650-800-5672 or email email@example.com. Up to $50 compensation is being offered to study participants.
Michele Chandler covers city government and housing issues for the Redding Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. Follow her on Twitter at @MChandler_RS, call her at 530-225-8344 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.