Could mouthwash really help eliminate COVID-19?
A new study from researchers at Cardiff University says that over-the-counter mouthwash can kill COVID-19 in saliva within 30 seconds in order to stop the coronavirus from spreading into the lungs or respiratory system.
“If these positive results are reflected in Cardiff University’s clinical trial, CPC-based mouthwashes… could become an important addition to people’s routine, together with hand washing, physical distancing and wearing masks, both now and in the future,” Dr. Nick Claydon told the BBC.
Mouthwash with at least 0.07% cetypyridinium chloride has shown promising signs of eliminating the virus.
“This study adds to the emerging literature that several commonly-available mouthwashes designed to fight gum disease can also inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (and other related coronaviruses) when tested in the laboratory under conditions that are designed to mimic the oral/nasal cavity in a test tube,” lead author of the study Dr. Richard Stanton said.
The study will continue at University Hospital of Wales is expected to resume until next year.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 11.3 million confirmed cases and 247,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.