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Anti-Vaxxers Are Gargling Iodine In Latest Misguided Attempt To Prevent And Cure COVID-19

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Anti-Vaxxers are gargling iodine as an uneducated anti-COVID care method.


Iodine is used commonly as antiseptic treatment. It’s distributed under the brand name Betadine, a key medicine designated by the World Health Organization that is used around the world regularly to kill off any damaging microbes that can infect a person.


But now, it's the latest ill-advised attempt at preventing and treating COVID-19 that Anti-Vaxxers are overwhelmingly resorting to.


The manufacturers of Betadine have issued a statement online stating that the solution should only be used externally and cannot treat COVID-19.


"Betadine Antiseptic products have not been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 or any other viruses."


Betadine was initiated about the misuse of its formula Kenneth Weinberg, an emergency room physician in New York City, was told in an interview with Rolling Stone that anti-vaxxers are gargling with Iodine. Weinberg wasn’t surprised, as “Fuck me! Of course, they are," was his reply.


"There's no evidence that povidone-iodine [Betadine] has any impact on COVID-19," Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Health.


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Mouthwashes of povidone-iodine do exist - but they won't stop you from getting COVID-19, doctors say.

High doses of povidone-iodine could also cause kidney problems, Dr. Adalja told Health, as well as interrupting thyroid function, causing damage to a person's mucus membranes and skin, and even cause pulmonary irritation and shortness of breath.


Cassandra M. Pierre, MD, MPH, an infectious disease physician and the medical director of public health programs at Boston Medical Center, told Health that there is currently no reliable data to suggest that the at-home use will help stop you from getting COVID-19.


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