A study confirmed an urban legend spread from word of mouth. Accordingly, gargling with salt water may actually help prevent Covid-19.
USAIn a study conducted at the University of Texas in , scientists investigated whether gargling and rinsing the nose could improve respiratory symptoms associated with Covid-19.
Their results found that people who gargled or rinsed their noses with salt water had up to 40 percent lower rates of hospitalization from Covid-19 than those who did not.
MORE THAN NINE THOUSAND ADULTS WERE EXAMINED
Between 2020 and 2022, the team evaluated the PCR tests of 9,398 adults aged 18 to 65 who tested positive for Covid-19. Participants gargled and rinsed their noses four times a day for 14 days. Some were selected to receive lower or higher doses.
The control group, which was not instructed to gargle with salt water or rinse the nose, had a hospitalization rate of 58.8 percent.
The researchers found that the hospitalization rate for participants taking the low dose dropped to 18.5 percent, and the rate in the high-dose group was 21.4 percent. This was 40 percent lower than the control group.
Evaluating the results, experts say that salt water; He stated that it can help reduce symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, postnasal drip, sinus pain and pressure.