Can the German Abmonak gargling solution prevent COVID-19?

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Can German Abmonak gargling solution prevent COVID-19?

Take a look at the viral tips and find out what the facts really are!

Claim : German Abmonak gargling solution will prevent COVID-19!

This is the second part of a viral post, which appears to be combined from two different viral posts. Read the first part.

He claims German Abmonak Semi-Hot Salt Water Gargle Solution will prevent and eliminate COVID-19!

This is a long article, so just skip to the next section for the facts…

The end of the Corona virus with this German prevention.

German scientists announced after a series of studies that the Corona virus not only reproduces in the lungs like the SARS virus in 2002, but also spreads widely in the throat in the first week of infection.

Truth : German Abmonak gargling solution useless against COVID-19

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1: Abmonak does not exist

Abmonak seems to be a made up name. There is no gargling solution called Abmonak, in Germany or anywhere else in the world.

Fact #2: Gargling cannot prevent COVID-19

Gargling cannot prevent COVID-19 because the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted in three main ways:

  • inhalation respiratory droplets and aerosol particles,
  • deposition respiratory droplets and aerosol particles on exposed mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes, and
  • moving mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes, with contaminated hands

Gargling cannot prevent infection by inhalation or deposition of respiratory droplets and aerosols. It also cannot prevent infection from contact of your mouth, nose or eyes with contaminated hands.

The COVID-19 coronavirus gargling hoax debunked!

Fact #3: Salt water does not reduce viral load

An October 2021 study by Tiong et. al in Malaysia actually looked at the effectiveness of salt water gargling to directly destroy SARS-CoV-2.

The study found that salt water “showed no reduction in viral load“, compared to commercial mouthwashes.

Gargle Log10 reduction in viral titers
clean condition dirty state
Colgate Plax 5.0 5.0
Bactidol 5.0 5.0
Oradex 4.0 4.0
Thymol Mouthwash 0.5 0.5
Salt water 0.0 0.0

Fact #4: Gargling reduces transmission, does not prevent infection

Gargling does not help prevent infection, but it can help reduce transmission by infected people who may be asymptomatic.

Gargling with povidone iodine has been shown to reduce viral load in saliva, which helps prevent COVID-19 positive people from infecting dental professionals.

Therefore, Malaysian Ministry of Health (KKM) guidelines recommend the use of a mouthwash containing 1.0-1.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2-1.0% povidone iodine. before dental examination and treatment.

Dentist working

Fact #5: Salt water is slightly alkaline

Salt water has an average pH of around 8.1, which means it is slightly alkaline.

Gargling salt water can temporarily make your throat and mouth cavity slightly alkaline, but this only lasts until you swallow saliva or drink water.

Try gargling salt water and see how long you can retain (live with) the salty taste. Didn’t take long to swallow, did you?

That’s why gargling with salt water (or whatever) is pretty much pointless if you want to create a truly alkaline environment in your throat.

Fact #6: Making the throat alkaline is useless

Making your throat alkaline is also unnecessary because the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not usually infect you through your throat.

It mainly infects you through your nose, mouth, and eyes. See Fact #2. So focusing on the throat is like watering the plants in the garden while your house is on fire…

Don’t waste your time gargling. Protect yourself by getting vaccinated against COVID-19!

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