A new study made headlines this week that has people claiming mouthwash could combat COVID-19.

Mouthwash is an everyday item that’s used by many people several times a day, anyway. And it could have a big impact if it becomes a potential cure or treatment for the coronavirus.

But to what extent did the study say this could fight COVID-19? Does it go so far as to say that it’s a cure?

THE QUESTION
Did a study say that mouthwash could potentially combat COVID-19?

THE ANSWER
Yes, they say certain mouthwashes may inactivate the virus in your mouth and sinuses. But that’s not the same as a cure, and the study’s lead researcher says it doesn’t replace the need for masks and social distancing.

More research about the potential impact is underway, and the kind of mouthwash used matters.

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