Republican Sen. ron johnson Told supporters on Wednesday that mouthwash proves effective against COVID-19, continued its tendency to spread dangerous misinformation about the disease and its treatment.
“By the way, standard gargles, mouthwashes, have been proven to kill coronavirus. If you get it, you can reduce viral replication. Why not try all these things?” During this he said a telephone town hall With Wisconsin components. “It just boggles my mind that the NIH continues to tell people, ‘Don’t do anything, you know, maybe take Tylenol.'”
Mouthwash companies and researchers in the field have come to no such conclusion.
Listerine, America’s best-selling mouthwash brand, specifically states on its website that its product “Not intended to prevent or treat COVID-19 and should be used only as directed on the product label.”
“At this time no evidence-based clinical conclusions can be drawn regarding the anti-viral efficacy of Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash,” it says.
Johnson has a long history of spreading COVID-19 conspiracy theories and anti-vaccine misinformation. They have promoted the use of unproven and potentially dangerous treatments such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, and cast doubt on efficacy and purpose behind the vaccines passed It has been proven to be safe and effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
After a clip from the town hall circulated online, the senator retweeted it, citing a French study to back up his claim.
The study did not find that mouthwash kills the coronavirus. Instead, the researchers concluded that an antiviral mouthwash known as CDCM appears to have moderate effects in asymptomatic to mild COVID-19 cases in reducing the viral load in saliva in adults.
Johnson has reached out to its lead author for comment on the claims.
Reducing the viral load in a person’s mouth could potentially help reduce transmission to others, and researchers are continue to find out As a possible way to reduce the spread, but with proven methods such as hand washing and wearing masks.