Potential Role of Oral Rinses Targeting the Viral Lipid Envelope in SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Valerie B. O’Donnell, David Thomas, Richard Stanton, Jean-Yves Maillard, Robert C. Murphy, Simon A. Jones, Ian Humphreys, Michael J.O. Wakelam, Christopher Fegan, Matt P. Wise, Albert Bosch, Syed A. Sattar

Published: May 14, 2020 – by FUNCTION, Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Physiological Society.

This article, published by Function/ American Physiological Society, says that:

  • Emerging studies increasingly demonstrate the importance of the throat and salivary glands as sites of virus replication and transmission in early COVID-19 disease. SARS-CoV-2 is an enveloped virus, characterized by an outer lipid membrane”  (emphasis added)
  • … already published research on other enveloped viruses, including coronaviruses, directly supports the idea that oral rinsing should be considered as a potential way to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2." (emphasis added)
  • oral rinses that target the viral lipid envelope represent a potential method to remove/rinse or inactivate infective particles generated in the throat." (emphasis added)

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