Republican Sen. Ron JohnsonSupporters were informed Wednesday by a representative of the mouthwash that has been proven effective in fighting against bacterial infections COVID-19He continues his dangerous and misleading spread of misinformation regarding the disease.
“By the way, standard gargle, mouthwash, has been proven to kill the coronavirus. If you get it, you may reduce viral replication. Why not try all these things?” he said during a telephone town hallWith Wisconsin constituents. “It just boggles my mind that the NIH continues to tell people, ‘Do nothing, you know, maybe take Tylenol.’”
Researchers in the field and mouthwash companies have not drawn any such conclusions.
Listerine is America’s top-selling toothpaste brand. specifically states on its websiteIts product is “not intended to prevent or treat COVID-19 and should be used only as directed on the product label.”
“No evidence-based clinical conclusions can be drawn with regards to the anti-viral efficacy of Listerine Antiseptic mouthwash at this time,” it says.
Johnson is a prolific propagandist of anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories COVID-19. He has promoted the use of unproven and potentially dangerous treatments such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, and he’s cast doubt on the efficacy and motive behind the vaccines ― which Have able to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The senator tweeted the clip after it was distributed online. He also cited an English study supporting his claim.
Researchers did not conclude that oral hygiene can kill the coronavirus. The researchers found that CDCM (an antiviral mouthwash) had an effect on the virus load in saliva. This was true for all those who had mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.
HuffPost has reached out to its lead author for comment on Johnson’s claims.
Reducing the viral load in a person’s mouth could potentially help to reduce transmission to others, and researchers are continuing to explore thisIt is possible to prevent the spread of this virus by wearing a mask, as well as other proven ways such as hand washing or masking.