ER doctors warn public after anti-vaxxers start gargling iodine to avoid covid

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A new, bizarre coronavirus ‘treatment’ is being touted by vaccine skeptics.

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For some anti-vaxxers, the new hot – but still completely ineffective – coronavirus countermeasure is using a liquid as a vaginal douche and cut disinfectant.

Anti-vaxxers on Facebook and Twitter are reportedly singing the praises of povidone iodine, often sold under the brand name Betadine.


Betadine is an iodine-based topical treatment that is often used as an antibacterial to treat cuts and scrapes.

Kenneth Weinberg, an ER doctor in New York, told Rolling stone That liquid is a relatively common cleaner in hospitals.

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“If you’re in the ER and someone has a wound to sew it up, you use it to clean,” he said.

When Rolling stone EJ Dixon told the doctor that anti-vaxxers were gargling it to try to prevent coronavirus infection, saying “F*** me! Of course they are”.

The product is also used in some countries as a vaginal douche to treat scabies, although doctors note that it kills good bacteria as well as bad, so its use is not universal.

Gargling, nasal spray and eye drops with 1 percent providone iodine (Betadine) provide dramatically better results with COVID infection. I do this every time I get busted,” wrote a Facebook user.

What is troubling beyond the fact that Betadine doesn’t stop coronavirus – asked if it had any preventive use, a doctor told Rolling stone The “f*** no” – is that the solution is intended as a topical treatment and is toxic if ingested.

There have been no studies that suggest that Betadine is useful in preventing the coronavirus, although some promoters have circulated a 2020 paper by a Bangladeshi plastic surgeon that claims to support its use.

The company that produces Betadine has addressed the craze on its website by stating directly that its products are not useful in preventing the coronavirus.

According to this “covid-19 responseIn the section on its website, the company lists answers to the question “Can I use Betadine Antiseptic first aid products to kill the coronavirus?”

The listed response says: “No. Betadine Antiseptic first aid products are not approved for the treatment of coronavirus. Betadine® antiseptic first aid products to be used only in minor cuts, scrapes and burns to help prevent infection “Betadine antiseptic products have not been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 or any other virus,” the company said.

Betadine does cause a sore throat, but the company notes that the product is also not useful in preventing the coronavirus. Sore throat contains only 0.5 percent povidone-iodine. First aid cleaners contain 10 percent povidone-iodine.

Mouthwashes such as Betadine and Listerine are currently being studied and have shown some success in inhibiting three strains of the coronavirus, although those studies have only dealt with tissue samples – not actual humans. The manufacturer of Listerine has also stated that its product has not been proven to be an effective coronavirus preventive.

Side effects from iodine poisoning may include kidney failure, abdominal pain, potentially bloody diarrhea, fever, cough, and delirium.

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