Singapore, April 26 (IANS) Using a type of antiseptic throat spray, and an oral drug used to treat malaria and arthritis, have been found effective in curbing the spread of coronavirus, according to a new study.The six-week long study, led by researchers from the National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore, involved more than 3,000 migrant workers from India, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar living in Tuas South dormitory, the Channel News Asia reported.The results showed that among those who used throat spray thrice a day, only 46 per cent contracted the disease. This is compared to 49 per cent among those who took hydroxychloroquine and 70 per cent who took vitamin C.The two drugs were chosen because they are easily available, said Seet, adding that they protect the throat, the "key entry" for viruses.A The findings are published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the report said."We concluded that povidone-iodine throat spray was associated with a statistically significant reduction in infection by an absolute risk of reduction of 24 per cent while oral hydroxychloroquine was associated with a statistically significant reduction in infection by an absolute risk of reduction of 21 per cent," lead author Raymond Seet, Associate Professor at the NUH was quoted as saying.However, the researchers stressed that the drugs are not meant to be used for Covid-19 prevention in the general community if it is a lower-risk setting, the report said."This is a very simple intervention with virtually minimal side effects where we could actually cut the transmission rates in a meaningful way," Mikael Hartman, Associate Professor from the NUH was quoted as saying."This is the first study to demonstrate the benefits of prophylactic, or preventive therapy with either oral hydroxychloroquine or povidone-iodine throat spray in reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection among quarantined individuals living in a closed and high exposure setting," Seet said.--IANSrvt/in
A sore throat can give anyone a hard time. Not only does it infuriate the throat but can also be including with pain. COVID has left us all furthermore stiffening of the sore throat.
And so when it hurts us, the first thing we access out for is a hot piping cup of tea. You would be happy to know that instead of a plain tea, you may think including interesting mixtures that will help to soothe your symptoms in a good way.
So if you or anybody in your family has a sore throat, here are the teas you must have.
Honey covers the throat and is very soothing and acts as a naturalistic antibiotic. It is factually one of the ancient antibiotics. For this tea, it is suggested you use unprepared honey to dissect the most health benefits.
Ginger has anti-caustic properties and works amazements for a sore throat. Ginger helps by clogging pro-inflammatory proteins in the body - these proteins reason phlogistic pain and itchiness.
It is one of the best teas to quell a sore throat. The best type of tea is that you require only three common ingredients to make it - honey, lemon juice, and ginger root.
Baking Soda Gargle
While the saltwater gargle is more normally used, gargling baking soda combined with salt water may help redound a sore throat as well. Gargling these resources can kill bacteria and stop the enhancement of fungi and yeast.
Lemon is an exalted for sore throat as it helps respite the mucus and give pain ease. Lemons are also loaded with vitamin C, which boosts the immunity system and gives it the power to fight off the infection.
Rinsing with warm salt water can help to quell a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also called to help kill bacteria in the throat.
Make a saltwater solution with a half-teaspoon of salt in a full glass of fervent water. Rinse it to help reduce swelling and keep the throat fresh. This needs to be done every three hours or so.
If you are dealing with a sore throat, taking a warm cup of tea might help to quell it. In some situations, gargling cool tea can also help to get relief. Don’t forget to use a drizzle or two of honey to help make the tea even more relieving.
Remember, a sore throat with a swollen node is frequently just due to a normal cold or the flu. If you are doubtful for something more sedate might be going on, consult with an Ayurveda doctor. They’ll be able to give you an exact diagnosis and start cure sobriety.
Hyderabad, April 17 (IANS) The Telangana government on Thursday decided to collect data of the people buying medicines for fever and sore throat from medical stores.At a review meeting on Covid-19 situation in the state, Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao asked officials to gather information about those who recently purchased such medicines.He asked the Municipal Commissioners to take help of drug inspectors in their respective municipalities and conduct reviews with the members of pharmacy associations.The minister also asked them to issue orders for submitting details of the buyers.Stating that self-medication is dangerous, he said the medical agencies should keep the data and provide the information to the government about those buying medicines for sore throat and fever.The direction assumes significance in the wake of finding by the authorities that the majority of those tested positive for Covid-19 and undergoing treatment were asymptomatic.Health Minister Eatala Rajender had said on Wednesday that most of those under treatment at Gandhi Hospital here have no symptoms like fever, cough or sore throat.Telangana has so far reported 700 Covid-19 positive cases with 18 fatalities.--IANSms/vd