Scientists Suggest Mouthwash Could Protect Against COVID-19, Here’s How
Slowly by surely, research is throwing up new data, and discoveries that can help fight the raging coronavirus. It may still be gripping the world, but like all viruses, it also will be booted out by medical advancements as proved by history. Now a new reporthas claimed that mouthwash has proven effective in protecting people against COVID-19. It can kill the coronavirus before it infects the human cells. Coronaviruses have been classified as ‘enveloped viruses’. This is a class of viruses that are covered by a fatty layer which can be destroyed by certain chemicals. Thus they feel that oral rinses could work by destroying the outer layer of fat the virus uses to bind to human cells.
1Mouthwash as a new reinforcement in the fight against COVID19
According to a team of international researchers, mouthwash has the potential to destroy the outermost layer or ‘envelope’ of the virus. This stops the virus from replicating in the mouth and throat. These scientists have also stated an urgency to test the effectiveness of mouthwash in trials. However, there is no conclusive clinical evidence that this will be successful.
2Is mouthwash really effective against the coronavirus?
As per the World Health Organization, ‘there is no evidence that using mouthwash will protect you from infection with the new coronavirus’. Study authors haven’t declared current commercially-available mouthwash to be effective in preventing coronavirus. However, further research into mouthwash chemicals will still be beneficial.
3Suggestions backed by a huge group of scientists
Study authors, led by Cardiff University have declared oral rinses to be an ‘under-researched area of major clinical need’. Healthcare experts, virologists, and lipid specialists from- Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, the universities of Nottingham, Ottawa, Barcelona, Colorado, and Cambridge’s Babraham Institute are backing this team of study authors.