Mouthwashes could reduce the risk of coronavirus transmissio
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In the fight against the novel Coronavirus, a team of German scientists has claimed that Sars-Cov-2 viruses can be "inactivated" using commercially available mouthwashes, in a study, published in the ‘Journal of Infectious Diseases’.

Key insights:

• High viral loads can be detected in the oral cavity and throat of some Covid-19 patients.

• Use of mouthwashes that are effective against Sars-Cov-2 could thus help to reduce the viral load and possibly the risk of coronavirus transmission over the short term.

• However, mouth rinses are not suitable for treating Covid-19 infections or protecting yourself against catching the virus.

• Researchers tested eight mouthwashes with different ingredients and mixed each mouthwash with virus particles and an interfering substance, which was intended to recreate the effect of saliva in the mouth.

• All of the tested preparations reduced the initial virus titer. Three mouthwashes reduced it to such an extent that no virus could be detected after an exposure time of 30 seconds.

Whether this effect is confirmed in clinical practice and how long it lasts must be investigated in further studies.

Source: https://news.rub.de/english/press-releases/2020-08-10-virology-mouthwashes-could-reduce-risk-coronavirus-transmission
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