Dr Hilary Jones has warned Good Morning Britain viewers not to trust a new ‘dangerous’ theory that mouthwash could stop coronavirus spread.
The medical expert appeared today to give his latest thoughts on the development of coronavirus, with Susanna Reid bringing attention to the new study which suggests mouthwash could help curb the Covid virus.
While Dr Hilary admitted that he wouldn’t rule it out, he added that it was not wise to rely on it, with some using it as a promotional tool rather than have the theory based on scientific fact.
He told her: ‘It’s a small study, it hasn’t been peer-reviewed, it’s very preliminary.
‘There are many companies who are jumping on the bandwagon saying that mouthwash is the way to beat Covid and I think that’s very dangerous.
‘Mouthwash might help, as a viricidal, as a bactericidal, to some extent, but whether it could actually penetrate into regions of the nose and the lungs where Covid is lurking, I think is a little bit far-fetched,’ he concluded.
‘I think we have to be really cautious about this, it might help the sales of mouthwash right now but I don’t think we should rely on it.’
The comment came after it was reported in a new study that mouthwashes containing cetylpyridinium chloride could help halt the infection rate thanks to its antibacterial nature.
This weekend, the death toll in the UK passed 40,000, with a new phase of lockdown taking effect as of last Thursday.
But lockdown measures caused a clash with Piers Morgan, who claimed that the ‘draconian’ rules around hospitals and care homes are ‘ruining the humanity’ of Great Britain.
However, more mass testing is to be rolled out by the government to more towns following a successful test run in Liverpool, with the hope that families can be reunited in time for Christmas.
The Government is reportedly planning to roll out the programme to more places as early as next week as it seeks to catch more asymptomatic cases in order to stop the spread of the disease.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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