17 November 2020 20:37
While the research suggests use of mouthwash may help kill the virus in saliva, there is not evidence it could be used as a treatment for coronavirus, as it will not reach the the respiratory tract or the lungs. The preliminary result comes ahead of a clinical trial into whether using over-the-counter mouthwash has the potential to reduce the levels of Covid-19 in a patient's saliva. The report, by Cardiff University, said that mouthwashes containing at least 0.07 per cent cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) showed 'promising signs' of being able to combat the virus. The research report, which is named 'The Virucidal Efficacy of Oral Rinse Components Against SARS-CoV-2 In Vitro', is yet to be peer reviewed but supports another study published last week that found CPC-based mouthwashes are effective in reducing Covid's viral load. He added: "If these positive results are reflected in Cardiff University's clinical trial, CPC-based mouthwashes such as Dentyl used in the in-vitro study could become an important addition to people's routine, together with hand washing, physical distancing and wearing masks, both now and in the future." Could mouthwash help in fight against coronavirus?
Mouthwash can eradicate coronavirus within 30 seconds of being exposed to it in a laboratory, a scientific study has found. Mouthwash could become just as important as wearing face coverings after a study found it kills off coronavirus within 30 seconds Research conducted by Cardiff University said that mouthwashes containing at least 0.07pc cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) showed "promising signs" of being able to combat the virus. The report is yet to be peer reviewed but supports another study published last week that found CPC-based mouthwashes are effective in reducing Covid's viral load. The latest test was carried out by scientists at the university's laboratory and mimicked the conditions of a person's naso/oropharynx passage using mouthwash brands including Dentyl. A clinical trial will next examine how effective mouthwash is in reducing the viral load in the saliva of Covid-19 patients at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, with its results due to be published in the first part of 2021.
He said: "If these positive results are reflected in Cardiff University's clinical trial, CPC-based mouthwashes such as Dentyl used in the in-vitro study could become an important addition to people's routine, together with hand washing, physical distancing and wearing masks, both now and in the future." A hospital in Somerset is dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus, it has been confirmed. Yeovil District Hospital has recorded positive cases among patients on at least three of its wards. A hospital spokesperson said the outbreak is "being managed" by senior clinicians in line with national policies and guidance. Positive coronavirus cases have been recorded among patients on at least three of the hospital's wards. A spokesperson told ITV News West Country: "We are currently managing an outbreak of Covid-19 within three wards and have taken a number of steps to minimise the impact and prevent the further spread of the virus within the hospital." All patients and members of staff in the affected areas are being regularly tested while new admissions have been restricted, a spokesperson added.
Yeovil District Hospital has an outbreak of coronavirus, it has confirmed. Patients are understood to have tested positive for Covid-19 on "at least three" of its wards. A hospital spokesperson has said it is "managing" the outbreak and is taking steps to prevent further spread of the virus. A spokesperson told Somerset Live those who tested positive "have no symptoms of the virus and are medically well". A spokesperson for Yeovil Hospital said: "We are currently managing an outbreak of Covid-19 within three wards and have taken a number of steps to minimise the impact and prevent further spread of the virus within the Hospital. "This includes testing all patients and staff on the wards, restricting new admissions and visiting, a specialist cleaning regime, and distancing patients within the ward. We have also been in contact with the families of all patients staying on these wards to advise them of the actions being taken. "As rates of Covid-19 continue to rise, outbreaks such as this are increasingly likely within hospitals. "This situation is being managed and monitored by senior clinicians, in line with national policies and guidance, with our Infection Control Team working alongside the ward team to ensure the continued safety of patients and staff." It comes as a Yeovil care home announced a positive case of coronavirus was confirmed among staff, forcing them to isolate for the second time this month. Yeovil District Hospital added in a its statement: "We would like to remind people of the crucial importance of following the 'hands, face, space' guidance to protect themselves, their families, friends and colleagues. "If you have any symptoms of the virus, a high temperature, a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, or a new continuous cough, you must self-isolate at home for 10 days and get a test. "Those you live with must also isolate at home, for 14-days, but should only get a test if they develop symptoms themselves." You can follow the latest coronavirus figures for the South West here.