Findings from a new study suggests that mouthwash can be used to prevent spread of Coronavirus.
The study published in a Scientific Journal reveals that the coronavirus thrives and replicates in salivary glands as well as the throat of Humans.
It also observes that the virus is enveloped, possessing an outer lipid membrane built from the cell of its hosts.
The study suggests that the chemicals inside a mouthwash is able to disrupt the membranes of enveloped virus cells.
“A regular mouthwash contains ethanol, providone-iodine, and cetylpyridinium amongst others.
The study however stated that more research was needed to discover how these components retain the ability to interact with bio-membranes in the mouth. According to the lead author of the study, Professor Valerie O’Donnell of the University of Cardiff,
“Safe use of mouthwash – as in gargling – has so far not been considered by public health bodies in the UK.
“In test tube experiments and limited clinical studies, some mouthwashes contain enough of known virucidal ingredients to effectively target lipids in similar enveloped viruses.”
She however stressed that the test had not been properly conducted yet so people should continue to adhere to the public safety guidelines laid down by health officials till a full completion of the test is achieved.
Recall that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had also warned back in February that although mouthwash kills some bacteria in the saliva for a few minutes, it is not effective in preventing COVID-19.