Saturday, 31 July, 2021


Chemical present in the insect repellent can kill SARS-CoV-2

Citriodiol Citriodiol
Patty Aguilar | 30 August, 2020, 10:47

The scientists found that an ingredient commonly found in insect repellent - Citriodiol - may have the power to kill anti-viral properties, if mixed with the virus in the liquid phase. Researchers say the insect spray does not provide sufficient protection on its own but instead is used by the military as an additional safeguard along with hand washing, face coverings, and other health and safety measures that intend to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The insect repellant was applied to a liquid drop of the virus and then to a synthetic skin made of latex.

The ingredient, Citriodiol, was found to fight the virus according to a preliminary study conducted by the researchers from UK's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, according to Sky News.

According to the findings, in both experiments the insect spray was able to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The military scientists adopted two experimental approaches.

While viral studies on latex indicated that Mosi-guard Natural had anti-viral activity against SARS-CoV-2 England-2 isolate.

One-minute liquid suspension tests indicated that Mosi-guard Natural has anti-viral activity against SARS-CoV-2 England-2 - an isolate taken from a patient in the United Kingdom and obtained from Public Health England (PHE) Colindale - if mixed with the virus in the liquid phase.

Dstl said it had shared its research in the hope that it will "act as the foundation for other scientific bodies who are researching the virus and possible solutions".

DSTL is hopeful the results can be used as a springboard for other organisations to expand and develop the research, as well as to confirm the findings in this publication.

"The researchers at the military facility in Porton Down, where they do all the important microbiology research work, have found that you can use this, put the droplet with viruses and it will kill something like 100,000 viruses within one minute, and only ten remain".

Mr Quin added: "Defence has played a wide variety of roles in supporting efforts to tackle coronavirus".

Although there is not enough research to show its effectiveness, the armed forces already saved insect repellents' stocks and figured it was worth trying as protection against COVID-19.

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