Scientists Suggest Mouthwash Could Protect Against COVID-19, Here’s How
8Research into this area remains largely unexplored
One of the biggest mouthwash brands around the world- Listerine said on its website that none of its products have been clinically tested against any strains of coronavirus. But, it was also mentioned by them that “Listerine mouthwash is not intended to be used, nor would it be beneficial as a hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant”.
The key ingredient present in hand sanitizers which are known to kill and prevent the coronavirus is alcohol. Most common mouthwashes also contain alcohol. But, for the alcohol in hand sanitizer to be effective against the coronavirus, the alcohol percentage needs to be at least 60%. This is the minimum alcohol percentage hand sanitizers need to have as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US, in order to protect you from the coronavirus. However, Listerine’s products contain only around 20% alcohol.
9Alcohol or any other chemicals which can kill the virus should never be ingested
Don’t get the wrong idea though, and try drinking pure alcohol or other chemicals in hopes of protecting yourself from the coronavirus. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that it is incredibly dangerous to drink pure alcohol along with substances like bleach or methanol. These in no way can prevent or cure COVID-19, but instead can result in disability or worse- death.
The WHO has clearly said on its website- “Methanol, ethanol, and bleach are sometimes used in cleaning products to kill the virus on surfaces-however you should never drink them. They will not kill the virus in your body and they will harm your internal organs”.