Mouthwash with antiseptic ingredients, which can destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the oral cavity for 30 seconds, can help fight coronavirus infection.
This conclusion was reached in their study by British scientists from University of Cardiff, said the BBC server. Experts have so far tested the effects of mouthwash only in laboratory conditions, but clinical trials in patients are still ahead of them.
The researchers report in their study that mouthwash containing the antiseptic cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) in an amount of at least 0.07 percent can effectively destroy the coronavirus contained in saliva. In the laboratory, they simulated conditions similar to those in the oral cavity for 12 weeks and measured how different mouthwash brands reduced the amount of virus in the mouth.
“While this lab study is encouraging and a step forward, we need more research. We need to understand whether the mouthwash effect we saw in the lab will work on patients as well, ”The Independent quoted research team leader David Thomas as saying. According to him, the clinical trial should end at the beginning of next year.
“This study supports further evidence that several commonly available mouthwashes designed to prevent periodontitis can inactivate SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses,” added research co-author Richard Stanton.
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