Investing.com – Recent research from a British defense science and technology laboratory has led to a surprising discovery: citriodiol, an insect control agent, can kill a strain of coronavirus, Sky News reported.
The scientists decided to share preliminary results of their research so that others can do further research after the British military received a mosquito repellent containing citriodiol for use.
The British Armed Forces Defense Science and Technology Laboratory released its findings on Wednesday. They were conducted to find out if citriodiol, which is known to kill some other types of coronavirus infection, can provide reliable protection against Covid-19.
Jacqueline Watson, director of Citrefine International Ltd, which makes citriodiol, said in April that she would like the government to support an official testing program for the substance.
According to her, “we do feel that there is a very good chance that citriodiol may work against the virus, but of course it needs to be tested thoroughly.”
The repellant does not provide sufficient protection against the virus, which is why the British military uses it as a supplement along with face masks, frequent hand washing and other methods to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Note that citriodiol is obtained from citriodore eucalyptus leaf and twig oil. It is found in Mosi Guard insect repellent and several others.
– In preparation, materials from Sky News were used