Title

Pharyngeal Antisepsis to Reduce COVID-19 Pneumonia

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine; Graduate School of Nursing

Publication Date

2020-12-15

Document Type

Editorial

Disciplines

Infectious Disease | Public Health | Pulmonology | Virus Diseases

Abstract

Antiseptic mouthwash use to control coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been proposed, disputed, and dismissed without understanding the proposal and without serious consideration of merits and counterarguments. Adding a proven, safe, and evidence-based clinically reasonable measure to existing approaches of universal masking and social distancing, while awaiting a safe and effective vaccine, seems a constructive approach worth implementing and observing for efficacy. We describe how adding pharyngeal antisepsis, “washing the throat,” before sleeping, when healthy adults of all ages aspirate material from above the larynx, can help protect individuals against COVID-19 pneumonia and, hence, help protect society. We also address critiques presented against widespread adoption of pharyngeal antisepsis.

Keywords

pharyngeal antisepsis, antiseptic mouthwash, washing the throat, COVID-19, pneumonia

DOI of Published Version

10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.12.001

Source

Davidson BL, Tapson VF, Irwin RS, French CL, Elliott CG, Levi M. Pharyngeal Antisepsis to Reduce COVID-19 Pneumonia. Am J Med. 2020 Dec 15:S0002-9343(20)31114-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.12.001. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33338507. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The American journal of medicine

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

33338507

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