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Scientists from Cardiff University recently found that there were promising signs that mouthwash could kill coronavirus within 30 seconds of being exposed.
The report comes after a clinical trial on COVID-19 patients at the University Hospital of Wales.
Specialist periodontologist, Dr Nick Claydon said that the study could lead mouthwash to become essential to people’s routines. However, while the research does suggest that the virus could be killed in saliva, no evidence was found that it could be used as a treatment for coronavirus as it cannot reach the lungs respiratory tract.
The report stated that mouthwashes which contain at least 0.07% cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) showed signs that it can eradicate the virus in the laboratory when exposed. The report however, is yet to be peer-reviewed.
Lead author of the study, Dr Richard Stanton said: “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.”
Further tests are yet to be done before the conclusion of the tests as clinical trials have not produced evidence of how to prevent transmission between patients.
In the meantime, stay safe, practice physical distancing and hygiene standards and adhere to the necessary SOPs.
Info via BBC