Throat gargling maybe beneficial during Covid-19

Published Jun 21, 2020


DURBAN - In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a stream of fake remedies, theories and one advice that was given then was that gargling the throat with either saltwater or mouth disinfectants could help.

Although this was dispelled and labelled misinformation at first, researchers from Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taiwan, have suggested that throat gargling may have beneficial effects during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The team’s suggestion is supported by recent studies showing that the virus is most active in the throat during the early days of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Research has also suggested that gargling with tap water or hypertonic saline can reduce viral load and disease severity in cases of upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs).

“Although gargling would not eradicate severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), it might reduce viral load in the throat and positively influence the course of the disease,” said researchers Chialing Tsai and Pei-Chang Wu.

Writing in the journal