Ghana

Use of Hydrogen Peroxide inactivates coronavirus – Study

Hydrogen Peroxide

An ongoing observational study has proven that the use of Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) prevents people from contracting the COVID-19.

The study experimented with the frequent use of HP by eight frontline nurses in the COVID-19 management team at a district hospital.

Reverend Emeritus Prof. Andrews Seth Ayettey, who leads the study, said the initial findings revealed that the nurses who used the HP did not contract the disease and had tested negative since May 2020.

He said 62 of the nurses, who did not use the hydrogen peroxide contracted COVID-19 by end of December 2020.

Prof. Ayettey recalled that the study begun in March 2020 to find out what effect HP, as a mouthwash for oral hygiene, had on coronaviruses.

“Working with a team of doctors and medical scientists with backgrounds in virology, immunology, biochemistry, oral health, oncology, medicine, and therapeutics, we discovered from the literature that these viruses are inactivated with low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide,” he said.

“Based on the science, team members and their families and friends started using one per cent HP for mouth washing and throat gargling to establish evidence of protection from the virus”.

“A friend’s wife, three elderly children, and mother-in-law who all tested positive for the virus were encouraged to use HP for mouth washing, throat gargling and nose cleansing, in addition to their prescribed medications. Their subsequent test came out negative.”

Prof Ayettey said prophylactic use of HP had been recommended by both the American Dental Association for dental practice, which had been adopted by the Dental Department at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

He noted that HP was an important component in hand sanitisers and recommended by the World Health Organisation.

He urged the public to explore all remedies that could offer reasonable protection and aid in treating the disease, in addition to the established public health measures outlined by the government.

He advised Ghanaians to observe the social distancing, wear their nose masks, wash hands regularly with soap under running water, and use alcohol-based sanitisers to stay safe of the virus.

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