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Expanding the Role of Povidone-iodine in a COVID-19 Era

Published Online: August 21st 2020 US Ophthalmic Review. 2020;13(2):61-2 DOI: https://doi.org/10.17925/USOR.2020.13.2.61
Authors: Jesse Pelletier
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought fundamental changes to the practice of medicine. As a more robust understanding of SARS-CoV-2 is elucidated, practices will require greater flexibility in order to adapt. Antiseptics, such as povidone-iodine (PVP-I), are now routinely employed and will play a greater role in the future of healthcare. Due to its ability to protect both patients and healthcare providers alike, PVP-I utilization, in the form of oral and nasal solutions, should be considered as an additional and expansive step in the standard precautions algorithm.

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COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, antiseptics, povidone-iodine, decontamination, antiviral

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