Mosquito spray kills coronavirus from surfaces: preliminary results of an English study

Common Mosquito Spray Could Eliminate SARS-CoV-2 From Surfaces And Become An Important Defense Against The Pandemic

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A common mosquito spray could eliminate the COVID-2 from surfaces and become an important garrison in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This is indicated by a preliminary study conducted by the English Ministry of Defense in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS), which however specifies the need to further investigate.

Defined preliminary study but perhaps a trace to follow: the Mosi-guard Natural® spray, commonly used as a repellent against mosquitoes. it would therefore also have an antiviral effect, not as a human drug of course, but as a disinfectant to be used on surfaces on which SARS-CoV-2, like other pathogens, tends to adhere, remaining potentially active at least for a certain period of time.

According to the British Government website, the British Ministry of Defense has equipped itself with adequate laboratories and since February has been active in research against the coronavirus in collaboration with various research institutes, both for tests on patients and to prove the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (such as masks, gloves, gowns).

Researchers from the Ministry were instructed by the Surgeon General to determine the level of antiviral activity of the spray Mosi-guard Natural® against the virus responsible for the Covid-19 infection, as its formulation includes as an active ingredient Citriodiol®, the trade name of a preparation of eucalyptus citriodora oil.

In fact, this preparation had also proved effective against other viruses, including the infamous and terrible extinct predecessor SARS-CoV, responsible for the terrible 2002-2003 epidemic in Asia.

In particular, two experimental approaches were adopted to demonstrate the initial hypothesis: evaluation of the antiviral activity of the product when applied directly to the virus as a liquid drop, and evaluation of the product after its application on the "synthetic skin" of latex.

One-minute liquid suspension tests indicated that Mosi-guard Natural® has antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 England-2  isolated when mixed with virus in liquid phase. Additionally, viral latex studies indicated that the spray has similar antiviral activity.

"This research document demonstrates the preliminary results on the effectiveness of citriodiol against COVID-19 - reads the website of the English government - The publication of this work intends to serve as a basis for other scientific bodies that are researching the virus and possible solutions" .

However, it is not a definitive study, the authors specify, also because it seems that evident effects are recorded on the skin after about 4 hours.

And it is not a job that aims to find a drug that treats an infection, but a garrison that serves to sanitize the environments, helping to reduce the presence of the virus and therefore, consequently, the likelihood of contagion.

“The Ministry of Defense hopes that the results of this research can be used as springboard for other organizations to broaden and develop the research, as well as to confirm the findings in this publication ”.

The full work is available at this link.

Sources of reference: UK government

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