A simple saltwater service could help in reducing early symptoms and the development of coronavirus, new research has suggested.
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh think sea salt could improve the antiviral defence of cells that kicks in when you are impacted by a cold.
The new study develops on a trial published in 2019, which found individuals who gargled and cleared their nose with a saltwater solution had fewer coughs and less congestion.
The scientists will now investigate whether the same service can benefit those with Covid-19 signs and are hiring grownups in Scotland to take part in trials.
Professor Aziz Sheikh, director of the university’s Usher Institute, said: “We are now moving to trial our saltwater intervention in those with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, and hope it will prove to be a beneficial procedure to decrease the effect and spread of the infection.
” It only requires salt, water and some understanding of treatment so must – if found to be efficient – be simple and affordable to implement extensively.”
Half of the participants in the initial pilot research study – called the Edinburgh and Lothians Viral Intervention Research Study, or ELVIS – swished saltwater while the other dealt with a cold as they usually would.
Those signing up with the brand-new trial will be asked to follow federal government advice on hygiene and self-isolation with one group again asked to rinse and clear their nose with salt water.
To learn more about the study and to participate, see https://http://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/elvis-covid-19