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Doctors Warn Americans NOT to Gargle Iodine to Prevent Covid


Betadine, an iodine-based antiseptic, has been mistakenly considered a potential prophylactic COVID-19 virus. It has been approved by the FDA, but has never shown any ability to fight viruses

An iodine-based antiseptic used to cleanse skin wounds is touted by some anti-vaxxers as a way to prevent COVID-19.

Povidone-iodine, which is sold under the brand name Betadine, has been the subject of false claims on social media, leading it to be viewed as a potential vaccine replacement.

Doctors and even the producer of the Betadine, Avrio Health, have warned against misuse of the antiseptic, saying it has no potential to prevent or treat Covid.

It comes just weeks after reports of people overdosing on veterinary versions of ivermectin, a parasite drug, following reports that it could fight the virus.

The rumor surrounding Betadine seems to have started on a Thai TV show called Tok Mai Tiang, which translates into The Discussion.

During the show, a doctor claimed that gargling with iodine could potentially prevent a person exposed to COVID-19 from becoming infected.

The video has been viewed more than 350,000 times online, excluding those who saw the show live when it aired on Thai television.

Whether the views on the video come from Thailand or Western viewers is not known.

Rumors of Betadine came from a Thai TV show, in which a doctor (left) told hosts (right) that gargling with iodine could prevent COVID-19

Rumors of Betadine came from a Thai TV show, in which a doctor (left) told hosts (right) that gargling with iodine could prevent COVID-19

Other posts then started popping up on social media sites like Twitter, promoting the iodine to prevent infection from the virus.

Betadine nasal spray and throat gargle 4x/day. I took all of these except IVM before I got sick. Betadine as soon as I found out I was exposed,” wrote a Twitter post found by Newsweek.

The developers of the antiseptic quickly came over to stop these claims.

‘New. Betadine Antiseptic First Aid products are not approved for the treatment of coronavirus,” reads a COVID-19 page on the official Betadine website.

Betadine Antiseptic First Aid products should only be used to help prevent infection of minor cuts, scrapes and burns.

“Betadine Antiseptic products have not been shown to be effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 or other viruses.”

Doctors have also warned against using the antiseptic as a method of treating or preventing Covid.

“There is no evidence to support the use of povidone-iodine in preventing Covid-19 infection. If it really worked, we’d be spraying it all the time,” Dr. Pokrath Hansasuta, an assistant professor of virology at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, told AFP.

Betadine mouthwashes are often used to treat a sore throat, a symptom a person can feel when infected with Covid.

Ointment versions of Betadine can also be used to treat rashes and prevent cuts and other scrapes from becoming infected.

It is approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but not for use against viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

The situation is similar to that of ivermectin, a parasite drug that is also touted as a drug that could prevent or treat the virus.

Ivermectin is FDA-approved for human use to treat certain parasite-related conditions, and it’s regularly available by prescription.

However, many are harming themselves by buying versions of the drug intended for large animals such as cows and horses from livestock stores and consuming doses too large to be considered safe for humans.

Ivermectin’s developer Merck & Co Inc has also warned against using its drug to fight the virus.

Clinical trials will begin soon in Minnesota to test whether or not the anti-parasite drug ivermectin is effective in treating COVID-19.


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