Listerine has revealed a new study that suggests that mouthwash can kill the coronavirus within 30 seconds.
Findings from the University of Cardiff study, which is yet to be reviewed or published in a medical journal, claim that mouthwash containing at least 0.07% cetipridinium chloride (CPC) shows promising opportunities to fight the virus. Researchers are imitating the condition of a person̵
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However, Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer and distributor of Listerine, said that mouthwash was not associated with coronavirus and should not be used as a treatment.
The company’s consumer health department notes that Listerine is “an antimicrobial mouthwash that has been clinically proven to kill germs that cause plaque, bad breath and early gum disease, gingivitis,” and said in a statement to FOX Business that Mouthwash “is not intended to prevent or treat COVID-19 and should only be used as directed on the product label.”
The company publishes “COVID-19 Listerine and Outbreak Guidelines” on its product website, and its first line of information reads: “We encourage consumers to familiarize themselves with and follow the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization.”
Listerine mouthwash sales increased during the pandemic, according to Johnson & Johnson’s Q3 revenue report.
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Preliminary results from a university study reveal that mouthwash may help fight the virus in saliva, but there is no evidence of how it can affect the airways or lungs, which are major areas of COVID-19 infection. A clinical trial will be conducted at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff to test the effectiveness of a common brand of mouthwash to reduce coronavirus levels in saliva, according to the BBC.
One of the periodontists, Dr. Nick Clayden, told the BBC that he thought the study was “very valuable.”
“If these positive results are reflected in the University of Cardiff clinical trial, CPC-based mouthwashes … could become an important addition to people’s routine, along with hand washing, physical distancing and wearing masks. “both now and in the future,” said Dr. Clayden to the BBC.
Upcoming clinical trials, expected early next year, will aim to determine whether mouthwash can reproduce the same results found in the laboratory in patients.
Johnson & Johnson discredited the allegations made in the study.
“To date, the available data and research are insufficient to support the conclusion that the use of Listerine mouthwash may be useful for the prevention or treatment of coronavirus, as further research is needed,” said a FOX Business spokesman. “As a company firmly rooted in science, we will be active participants in scientific exchange on this topic. “
The company is due to announce its next revenue statement on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
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