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Japan governor touts gargling product for virus
[AP] TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine.

Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo Tuesday trading after Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura made the comments.

Yoshimura referred to a study carried out by the Osaka regional government on a sample of just 41 people. Experts said such a study is inconclusive.

Shionogi and Meiji shares were already coming down Wednesday, as subsequent Japanese media reports debunked Yoshimura’s claim.

Daily confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been shooting up in Japan, to more than 1,000 people. The nation had previously scored success in containing the cases, compared to harder hit nations like the U.S., Mexico and Brazil. Japan has recorded 1,023 cumulative deaths linked to COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins.

The high expectations on cures and vaccines underline the widespread worries in Japan, where there has been no lockdown but a series of warnings, asking people to wear masks, wash hands, social distance and gargle, even as businesses and restaurants stay open.
Posted by:Besoeker

#5  Yes, Alistaire, that's the article I remember! Thanks.
Posted by: gorb   2020-08-05 21:28  

#4  I give my wife two respiratory treatments a day using sodium chloride inhalation solution with albuterol.
I believe they are using some of these treatments in hospitals for early covid...??
Posted by: crazyhorse   2020-08-05 13:14  

#3  How Grandmother’s Gargling Remedy Could Help Abate The Coronavirus
We also know about the cleaning power of bleach and are using it to sanitize surfaces amid the coronavirus. Have you ever wondered why this works? A certain chemical, hypochlorous acid (HOCL), in the bleach kills pathogens, including fungus, bacterium, and virus. Obviously, it is not safe to inhale or ingest bleach. However, we do have an easy and safe alternative.

Cells lining the nose and throat can produce HOCL when they are bathed with chloride. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this exposure is using sodium chloride, better known as salt or saline. The more chloride presented to the cells, the more HOCL they generate.
Posted by: Alistaire Oppressor of the Welsh6649   2020-08-05 12:40  

#2  Salt is supposed to enhance an immune response in the mouth.
Posted by: gorb   2020-08-05 12:12  

#1  Actually if done early enough it may be effective. Worth a try on early symptoms using warm water/salt.
Posted by: crazyhorse   2020-08-05 11:34