Mouthwash can kill COVID-19 in 30 seconds, study reveals

Mouthwash can kill COVID-19 in 30 seconds, study reveals


Mouthwash can kill COVID-19 within 30 seconds of exposure in a laboratory, a new UK study revealed.

The preliminary findings — the result of research conducted at Cardiff University — indicate that over-the-counter mouthwashes containing at least 0.07 percent cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) showed “promising signs” of being able to destroy the virus when exposed in a lab setting.

Scientists conducting the study mimicked the conditions of a person’s nasal and oral passages in a test tube, and used common mouthwash brands including Dentyl and Listerine.

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While the results show that mouthwash may help kill the virus in saliva, no evidence indicates it is an effective treatment for COVID-19, as it does not reach the respiratory tract or the lungs, according to the BBC.

“If these positive results are reflected in Cardiff University’s clinical trial, CPC-based mouthwashes … could become an important addition to people’s routine, together with hand washing, physical distancing and wearing masks, both now and in the

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