Evaluation of ColdZyme Mouth Spray against common cold in preschool staff
Open-label, observational study during 6 months, winter season (Oct-Mar).
15 adult preschool staff members at a single school.
According to instructions for use.
Officially registered number of sick-days compared to the same period previous year.
A single preschool in Skåne, Sweden
- The specific conditions of preschools (kindergarten) are conducive for transmitting infectious agents. An infected child may easily propagate the virus among adult workers, parents or other contacts.
- Consequences for infected staff often include reduced working capacity and absence from work.
Reduced number of sick-days in pre-school staff
- We observed that when ColdZyme® was used to reduce common cold viral infections the number of registered sick-days decreased.
- The average number of sick-days decreased from 7.4 to 4.1 days for the 6-month period, compared to previous year.
- The average sick-leave decreased by 3.3 days (p = 0.04).
- It can be concluded that applying a barrier to the pharyngeal mucous membrane is an easy and practical method to reduce transmissions of common cold viruses, and corresponding sick leave in personnel from the preschool environment.
- Use of ColdZyme® could also be beneficial to the economy and society as a whole due to the potential reduction in sick leave and associated costs.