The use of mouthwash can be effective against the Coronavirus Covid-19 to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 from the mouth during the first moments of exposure.
During the last months we have seen how the scientific and medical community has worked in the development of an effective treatment against the Coronavirus Covid-19.
Also at the same time we have witnessed how the potential and benefit of drugs and substances previously developed to combat SARS-CoV-2 have been investigated.
And it turns out that a fairly common product would be a great prevention tool to avoid catching it: mouthwash.
30 seconds can make a difference
A study developed by the Cardiff University, found that mouthwash would be capable of killing Covid-19 within 30 seconds of exposure.
Everything was done in the controlled context of a laboratory, but the research indicates with certainty that mouthwashes containing 0.07% of the ingredient cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), would be able to eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 that causes the Coronavirus Covid- 19.
Although this in vitro study is very encouraging and a positive step, it is now clear that more clinical research is needed. We need to understand if the effect achieved in the laboratory can be reproduced in patients. We hope to complete our clinical trial in early 2021.
These are the words of Professor David Thomas, from Cardiff University, one of the authors of the research.
As we know, this kind of product is available over the counter and it seems that it could considerably reduce the levels of the virus in the saliva of patients.
CPC-based mouthwashes would be the key to everything, but the findings need to be delved further.
So now a 12-week clinical trial will be run at the University Hospital of Wales to precisely determine its efficacy of the rinse.
As a preventive tool, using mouthwash alongside toothbrushing would be a good idea then.