Study Says 99.9% of Viruses Inactivated by Mouthwash

Penn State College of Medicine has published a new study showing that most coronaviruses can be inactivated by mouthwash and oral rinses. The study tested various rinses, which included 1% solution of baby shampoo, net pot, peroxide sore-mouth cleansers and mouthwashes.

Out of them, the baby shampoo solution and the mouthwashes were the most effective at inactivating greater than 99.9% of virus after only 30 seconds. This turned to 99.99% after 30 seconds.

However, it is important to note that the Novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has not been tested. Researchers nonetheless are hopeful that this would equally apply to the Novel coronavirus given the optimistic results seen in other coronaviruses.

Ultimately, while vaccine continues to be elusive, simple methods like using mouthwash to gargle every day could significantly prevent the spread of disease, including the Novel coronavirus. However, clinical studies are necessary to determine whether this 99.9% result applies to COVID-19.

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