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News - October 21, 2020

These common household items may help fight COVID-19 – Ladders

It might be a good time to stock up on some mouthwash and baby shampoo.

Slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus may be capable with a few items sitting in your bathroom. Nasal and oral rinses like mouthwash can deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the viruses that causes COVID-19, due to its ability to reduce the viral load, according to new research.

A study conducted by the Penn State College of Medicine tested various household items including a 1% solution of baby shampoo, a yeti pot, peroxide sore-mouth cleansers, and mouthwashes, to see whether these medicine cabinet staples can inactivate human coronaviruses.

The study, published in the Journal of Medical Virology, found that many of these products could help with the fight against the spread of COVID-19, specifically by reducing the amount of virus spreads from someone who has tested positive for the bug.

Penn St. professor Craig Meyers said that this is a positive first step in combatting the disease, as a potential second wave seems to be knocking on the door of the US.

“While we wait for a vaccine to be developed, methods to reduce transmission are needed,” Meyers, a researcher at Penn State Cancer Institute, said in a press release. “The products we tested are readily available and often already part of people’s daily routines.”

Meyers and his team were able to find that these products can effectively shutter virus particles in less than two minutes. They used solutions containing the human coronavirus and used various products to
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