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Gargling with iodine won’t stop you getting COVID

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20.09.2021

Social media is awash with bogus COVID treatments. First, there was hydroxychloroquine, then bleach, followed hard on the heels by ivermectin – a cattle dewormer. The latest on the scene is povidone-iodine, an antiseptic.

Some people have claimed on social media that gargling with iodine can prevent the spread and severity of a COVID infection, suggesting it as an alternative to getting the vaccine.

Iodine has been used as an antiseptic for almost two centuries, with povidone-iodine being a commonly used modern preparation. Laboratory studies have shown that it is effective against coronavirus, inactivating it in as little as 15 seconds. This caused the researchers who made the discovery to suggest that using povidone-iodine in the nose and mouth could help to reduce the person-to-person spread of coronavirus and limit the severity of the disease in those........

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