SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can cause severe respiratory illness. Early studies suggested that mouthwashes may help suppress the virus.
Now, a new study has found that mouthwashes may help suppress the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The study, published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, found that certain mouthwashes were able to reduce the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva of people with COVID-19.
The mouthwashes that were effective in reducing the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva were those that contained ethanol, povidone-iodine, or chlorhexidine.
The study authors say that mouthwashes may help to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, especially in settings where people are in close contact, such as healthcare settings.
The study was small and further research is needed to confirm the findings.
If you have COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that you use a mouthwash that contains at least 0.1% concentration of one of these ingredients: ethanol, povidone iodine, or chlorhexidine.
A new study has found that using a mouthwash may help to suppress the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The study, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, found that mouthwashes with high concentrations of alcohol were effective at reducing the amount of the virus in the mouth and nose.
While more research is needed to confirm these results, the findings suggest that using a mouthwash could be a simple and effective way to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Mouthwashes are widely available and easy to use, making them a potential tool that could be used to help control the spread of COVID-19.
If you are using a mouthwash, it is important to follow the instructions on the packaging, and to Spit, don’t swallow.
While mouthwashes may help to reduce the amount of the virus in the mouth and nose, they are not a replacement for other measures such as social distancing and wearing a face mask.