Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and the virus spread around the world, scientists have tried to find the most effective solution to end it. Now, a team of experts from Cardiff University has found that in just 30 seconds, mouthwash can significantly reduce the levels of coronavirus in the saliva of infected patients. The mouthwash they contain at least 0.07% cetylpyridinium chloride, the substance that appears to be behind this very promising development.
Scientists ask for caution as more clinical research is needed. The effects have been achieved in the laboratory, in a few ideal conditions, and now it remains to be seen whether these same conditions can be reproduced in Covid-19 patients.
Mouthwashes against coronavirus?
This summer another study was published that identified the rinses that contained cetylpyridinium chloride as effective solutions to reduce the viral load of Covid-19. The scientists carried out all the tests in a laboratory that simulated the conditions of the oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal pathways of a person, using mouthwashes from different brands, such as Dentil.
The researchers who are in charge of the current research explain that they will carry out a clinical trial for three months in the University Hospital of Wales. The main objective is to determine how effective mouthwashes can be in reducing the viral load of coronavirus in the saliva of patients with the disease. The results will be published in early 2021.
Professor David Thomas of Cardiff University notes that the first results are very encouraging, but further analysis is needed to determine whether the effect that has been achieved in the lab it can be reproduced in the same way in patients.
For his part, Dr. Nick Claydon, specialist in periodontics, has pointed out to the ‘Al-Jazeera’ media that mouthwash could be one of the great allies in the fight against Covid-19 along with the basic measures that are currently being applied: use of masks, hand washing and distance from security.
What about baby shampoo?
Mouthwashes are not the only ‘solution’ that has paid off in the fight against coronavirus. Recent research has found that 1% baby shampoo was able to inactivate more than 99.9% of Covid-19 after being in contact with him for a couple of minutes.
To measure the amount of virus inactivated, the scientists contacted cultured human cells and the diluted solution. After 48 hours of exposure, they counted the number of cells that remained alive, and used this figure to estimate the amount of Covid-19 that was inactivated by exposure to the 1% reduced baby shampoo.
As the scientistsThese results should be taken with caution and, of course, do not try any homemade solutions with mouthwashes and baby shampoo.