THE WHAT? Unilever has unveiled new research that show that a mouthwash containing CPC technology can reduce the viral load of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
THE DETAILS The study, conducted by Microbac Laboratories on behalf of Unilever, found that rinsing with mouthwash containing CPC Technology for 30 seconds is effective in reducing viral load by 99.9 percent.
“While research has previously been published into the effect of mouthwashes against surrogate coronaviruses, this is the first study in a laboratory to demonstrate that mouthwashes containing CPC can be effective against the actual virus responsible for Covid-19, and that they do indeed lower the viral load in recognised tests of mouthwash use,” says Dr Angela Rasmussen, Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in the US.
THE WHY? As the virus that causes Covid-19 spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or nasal discharge, reducing the viral load in the mouth could reduce transmission. As the world waits for a vaccine to be approved and administered, regular use of mouthwash could be added to existing measures designed to prevent the spread such as handwashing, ventilation, social distancing and mask-wearing.