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Scientists discover insect repellent can kill coronavirus

According to British researchers, citriodiol, an ingredient in insect repellent, may kill the coronavirus. The ingredient, extrapolated from the citriodora eucalyptus tree, has been studied for use as a protective layer against SARS-CoV-2 by the UK military, according to the Department of Defense. Writes about it Fox News.

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A team of researchers from the UK's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) investigated the antiviral properties of citriodiol and its effect on coronavirus. Insect repellent was applied to a liquid droplet of the virus and then to synthetic latex leather.

“One minute tests of the liquid suspension showed that Mosi-guard Natural has antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 when mixed with the virus in the liquid phase. In addition, viral studies of latex have shown that Mosi-guard Natural has antiviral activity against coronavirus, ”the UK scientists said.

Back in May, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed that the British military was using insect repellent as a precautionary measure as another potential layer of protection against the new coronavirus.

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“We are very excited about these results, and we have several new studies already underway in laboratories or planned,” said Jacqueline Watson, managing director of citriodiol company Cetrifine.

The scientists said in the report that "this study demonstrates preliminary results on the effectiveness of citriodiol against COVID-19."

“Dstl hopes that the results of this study can be used as a springboard for other organizations to expand and develop research, as well as to validate the results contained in this publication,” added the study authors.

Citriodiol is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for use against mosquito bites, which may ultimately help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

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