18th November 2020: A new study has revealed that a mouth wash can kill coronavirus in 30 seconds.
Baaghi TV: According to reports from international health officials, a new study has found that over-the-counter mouthwash can kill coronavirus within 30 seconds of exposure in a lab setting.
The study, conducted by researchers at Cardiff University, found that mouthwash containing at least 0.07 per cent cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) showed “promising signs” of reducing transmission of the virus in human saliva.
The report, which was released on Friday, has yet to be peer-reviewed but supports another study published in early November that found CPC-based mouthwashes are effective in reducing COVID-19’s viral load.
In the initial report, researchers tested how effective a handful of mouthwash brands, including Dentyl and Listerine, containing ethanol/essential oils, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) and povidone-iodine (PVP-I) were at eradicating the virus.
They found that three of the mouthwashes they tried eradicated the virus completely in a lab setting. Out of these three products, two contained at least 0.07 per cent CPC and the third contained 23 per cent ethanol with ethyl lauroyl arginate (LAE).
Researchers suggest that ethanol alone at had no effect on the virus, and the “inclusion of essential oils [such as in Listerine Cool Mint] or [the compound] LAE [found in Listerine Advanced] appears to be required for optimal efficacy,” according to the report.
While the reports suggest that mouthwash can kill the virus in saliva, however, mouthwash may not be used as a treatment for curing the coronavirus. Experts say the initial results are encouraging, but more research is needed.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that people should keep up with their oral health care amid the ongoing pandemic, including regular use of toothpaste that helps control the bacteria in the mouth to prevent cavities and periodontal disease.
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