Nasal and Throat Sprays Against COVID-19
As we wait for further studies on mouthwash products, it’s interesting to learn that some institutions came up with nasal and throat sprays that can give protection against COVID.
Chula Pharmaceutical, for instance, said that their herbal (longan extract) nasal and throat spray “can reduce the amount of viruses that attach to the mucous membranes.”
Meanwhile, a Canadian company is set to test their throat and nasal spray that “would stop infection by COVID-19 and its variants”. Their investigation centered on bacteriophages that destroy bacteria. Now, the company said their researchers found a way to create “synthetic phages that destroy specific bacteria or viruses.”
If scientists can prove that mouthwash products can offer protection against COVID-19, it would be such a huge help. In the meantime, here are some essential reminders:
- In general, mouthwash products are safe as long as you use them according to their instructions. For instance, if the package says you can only use them twice a day, 12 hours apart, don’t use the oral rinse after every meal.
- Many nasal and throat sprays are available over-the-counter. However, refrain from purchasing one just for the purpose of protecting yourself against COVID-19. Remember that they have specific purposes. Nasal sprays often help treat allergies and congestion; throat sprays can help soothe a sore throat.
- Do not purchase any product not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
And finally, keep in mind that mouthwash products cannot replace health and safety protocols. Continue to practice handwashing, physical distancing, and the wearing of masks and face shields.
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