British Scientists have recently discovered a chemical that can kill Covid-19. This chemical which is known as Citriodiol is said to be found in insect repellent.
According to a preliminary study, Citriodiol can help fight coronavirus, Sky News reported. Researchers at the UK’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory confirmed this.
According to the report, insect repellents that contain Citriodiol are not enough to protect people from the virus but they can be used as an additional defense alongside face masks, hand sanitizers, and other health recommendations.
Peter Homa, the surgeon general and former NHS chief executive asked the DTSL to check if the insect spray that contains Citriodiol would work against the virus. The chemical was directly applied to the virus as a liquid drop and as well as a spray on latex skin. The insect spray that contain Citriodiol killed the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the two experiments.
DSTL’s latest research shows that sprays containing Citriodiol, which have been made available to MOD units engaged in the Covid response, can kill the virus.
We are sharing our preliminary findings today so others can take forward additional research to confirm and expand on our findings.Defence Minister Jeremy Quin
The DSTL which is a part of the United Kingdom’s response team to coronavirus has helped to test patients and PPE, and as well as make research about the virus since February.
Citriodiol is gotten from the eucalyptus citriodora tree’s leaves and twigs. This ingredient is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Citrefine’s managing director, Jacqueline Watson, had previously said she was optimistic that Citroidiol could help fight against the virus.
What we can say is that we do feel there is a very good chance it could work against this virus but it does of course need to be thoroughly tested.Jacqueline Watson