A recent Spanish study claimed that an iodine-containing mouthwash can kill the emerging corona virus or significantly reduce its effect.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the researchers on the study, affiliated with the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, said that they had tested the mouthwash, which contains the element iodine, on a small group of Corona patients, and found that this element could have “activity” Viricide. ”
The researchers indicated that they decided to conduct their study on Corona patients after previous studies found that mouthwash containing iodine has proven highly effective against severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome, which are diseases very similar to Corona virus.
Although they only tested it on four people, they said the results were promising and that the mouthwash could be used for both sick and uninfected people. They called for a larger study to test their theory.
The study team indicated that this lotion not only prevents infection with the virus, but also reduces the effects of severe Corona symptoms on people who are already infected with it, as the researchers found that the viral load present in the saliva of the study participants decreased significantly after using mouthwash.
Viral load is a measure of the number of corona viruses that a person carries in their body, and it is believed to be an indicator of the severity of the disease or the likelihood of infection.
Previous studies indicated that a lower viral load is associated with less severe symptoms, and thus a lower risk of death from corona.
The researchers pointed out that mouthwash containing iodine could be a cheap way to protect people from corona and other dangerous diseases.
Iodine is a powerful antiseptic and is used in hospitals to sterilize wounds and clean the skin during surgery, so that patients do not become infected, as it is able to kill a wide range of bacteria, viruses and fungi.