The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic is responsible for more than 180,000 deaths worldwide and 20,000 deaths in France. To date, no treatment or vaccine has been successful. Povidone-iodine is an antiseptic suitable for use on the skin and mucosa with potent virucidal activity, particularly against coronaviruses. It is marketed for oro-nasopharyngeal decolonization. 24 patients with positive nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 carriage will be randomized (1:1) in an experimental group (benefiting from povidone iodine decolonization) or a control group. Patients in the experimental group will be asked to gargle with a 1% povidone-iodine solution, spray their nose with the same antiseptic solution, and finally applied 10% povidone-iodine cream in each nostril, all four times a day for five days. Patients will be followed for 7 days to evaluate the efficacy and safety of povidone iodine decolonization.
Patients in the experimental group will be asked to gargle with a 1% povidone-iodine solution, spray their nose with the same antiseptic solution, and finally applied 10% povidone-iodine cream in each nostril, all four times a day for five days.
- Adults (age over 18 yrs) of both sexes
- With positive SARS-CoV-2 carriage by RT-PCR
- Having given their written consent after having been informed
- Patient with low viral load (threshold cycle [Ct] > 25 per RT-PCR),
- Patient unable to perform oro-nasopharyngeal decolonization
- Known hypersensitivity to one of the constituents, particularly to povidone-iodine,
- History of dysthyroidism,
- Known coagulopathy,
- Participation in another clinical trial aimed at reducing viral load in patients with SARS-CoV-2,
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women, or women of childbearing age without effective contraception
- Patients not covered by a social security scheme
- Patients with enhanced protection