Can the Abmonak gargle solution from Germany prevent COVID-19?
Take a look at the viral advice, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Abmonak Gargle From Germany Will Prevent COVID-19!
This is the second part of a viral message, that appears to be combined from two different viral messages. Read part one.
It claims that the Abmonak gargle solution of semi-hot salt water from Germany will prevent and eliminate COVID-19!
It’s a long post, so just skip to the next section for the facts…
Truth : German Abmonak Gargle Solution Useless Against COVID-19
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Abmonak Does Not Exist
Abmonak appears to be a made-up name. There is no such gargle solution called Abmonak, in Germany or anywhere else in the world.
Fact #2 : Gargling Cannot Prevent COVID-19
Gargling cannot prevent COVID-19, because the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted through three principle ways :
- inhalation of respiratory droplets and aerosol particles,
- deposition of respiratory droplets and aerosol particles on exposed mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eye, and
- touching mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eye, with contaminated hands
Gargling cannot prevent infection through inhalation or deposition of respiratory droplets and aerosols. Neither can it prevent infection through the touching of your mouth, nose or eye with contaminated hands.
Fact #3 : Salt Water Does Not Reduce Viral Load
An October 2021 study by Tiong et. al in Malaysia actually looked at the effectiveness of salt water gargle in directly destroying SARS-CoV-2.
The study found that salt water “did not show any reduction in viral load“, compared to commercial mouthwashes.
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Fact #4 : Gargle Reduces Transmission, Not Prevent Infection
Gargling does not help prevent infection, but it can help reduce transmission by infected persons who may be asymptomatic.
Gargling with povidone-iodine has been proven to reduce saliva viral load, which helps prevent COVID-19 positive individuals from infecting dental professionals.
Hence, Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) guidelines recommend the use of mouthwash containing 1.0–1.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2–1.0% povidone iodine prior to dental examination and treatments.
Fact #5 : Salt Water Is Slightly Alkaline
Salt water has an average pH of around 8.1, which means it is slightly alkaline.
Gargling with salt water can temporarily make your throat and oral cavity slightly alkaline, but this only lasts until you swallow some saliva or drink water.
Try gargling with salt water and see how long you can maintain (live with) the salty taste. Didn’t take long for you to swallow, did it?
That’s why it is practically useless to gargle with salt water (or anything else), if you want to create a truly alkaline environment in your throat.
Fact #6 : Making Throat Alkaline Is Pointless
Turning your throat alkaline is also pointless because the SARS-CoV-2 virus generally does not infect you through the throat.
It mainly infects you through your nose, mouth and eyes. See Fact #2. So focusing on the throat is like watering the garden plants while your house is on fire…
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