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Can Snorting or Gargling Iodine Help Prevent COVID-19? Experts Explain Why NOT to Try This Internet Trend   :clap: :clap: :clap:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/can-snorting-or-gargling-iodine-help-prevent-covid-19-experts-explain-why-not-to-try-this-internet-trend/ar-AAOtMvH

Ever since the pandemic began, people have been searching for at-home remedies to prevent COVID-19. And, while ordering veterinary doses of ivermectin has been a thing for a while, despite evidence showing it is not effective, people are now apparently shifting to gargling iodine and even using it as a nasal spray to help ward off the virus.

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Ever since the pandemic began, people have been searching for at-home remedies to prevent COVID-19. And, while ordering veterinary doses of ivermectin has been a thing for a while, despite evidence showing it is not effective, people are now apparently shifting to gargling iodine and even using it as a nasal spray to help ward off the virus.

a woman holding a cup: Experts explain why gargling iodine to treat COVID is a trend that is unsafe and unhelpful. Plus, what exactly is iodine, and how does it work.© Hola Images - Getty Images Experts explain why gargling iodine to treat COVID is a trend that is unsafe and unhelpful. Plus, what exactly is iodine, and how does it work.
A person who identifies themselves as an ER doctor on Twitter wrote the following alongside a photo of various vitamins: “Don’t get Covid. Prophylaxis is not that hard. Also nasal spray with a couple of drops betadine in it. And gargle with original Listerine.” (Bentadine, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a brand name for povidone iodine.)

People in the comments had plenty of questions about how, exactly, to do this. But…is it safe to gargle iodine or use it as a nasal spray? Here’s what the experts say.

First, what is povidone iodine?
Povidone iodine “is an antiseptic and is used routinely to sterilize skin,” says infectious disese expert Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. It’s often used for wound care and is commonly available in stores as a 10% solution in water. It’s also used as a surgical scrub or skin cleanser.

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