Among the known numerous ways, such as in regular intervals washing hands and using hand sanitizer, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have recommended and listed the approval of various disinfectants for killing the coronavirus germs. A new study suggests a new coronavirus killer, which is readily found in your household- Citriodiol, an active ingredient found in many insect repellents.
The study was conducted by Britain-based Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), which is still not going through peer-review. The researchers found that the Citriodiol chemical had active anti-viral activity against SARS-CoV-2 when mixed with the virus in the liquid form.
Citriodiol is known as an active ingredient present in many insect repellents, with the complete study explicitly testing out Mosi-guard, a popular repellent used in the UK. The study suggests that after one minute of mixing a virus suspension with Mosi-guard spray or any selected constituent components results in curbing SARS-CoV-2.
According to the UK-based Citrefine International Ltd, Citriodiol is developed from the Eucalyptus citriodora tree oil, explicitly extracted from the leaves of these trees. Unlike other essential oil-based products available in the market, Citriodiol meets various nationwide standards for practical use in insect repellents worldwide.
EPA has also approved Citriodiol, referring to the generic name of lemon eucalyptus oil. It is also being employed by various agencies for its potential to safeguard against another dangerous virus like Zika.
According to Citrefine International, EPA has approved Citriodiol as the only naturally found active ingredient registered for application in the US. The US's CDC has also listed Citriodiol as an active ingredient in preventing mosquitoes from biting carrying Zika virus.
So it is immensely possible that the US will provide its own research on the usage of Citriodiol against COVID-19. In a public statement, the Ministry of Defence has essentially stated that the study was deliberately acted as the base for other scientific agencies who are researching the virus and its potential solutions. The scientists have recommended some of the insect's repellents containing Citriodiol such as-
1. Murphy's Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent Spray
Murphy's natural is a plant-based insect repellent created by using 30% Citriodiol. According to the brand, its repellent spray is clinically proven plant-based insect repellent, which is sourced naturally and sustainably. It effectively knocks out COVID-19.
2. Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
The Cutter insect repellent has 30% of lemon eucalyptus oil, which is popularly known as Citriodiol. It comes in 2 forms- a pump spray and an aerosol. Alongside this, the CDC has listed out 23 Cleaning Tips for the protection against COVID-19.
3. REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
The DEET-free REPEL repellent insists on protecting against mosquitoes for maximum 6 hours, including mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus, Chikungunya viruses, West Nile, and Dengue. This repellent contains 30% Citriodiol.
4. Coleman Botanicals Insect Repellent
Coleman describes its insects repellent as 100% natural, Citriodiol-based, non-greasy, and packed with pleasantly fragranced formula. Coleman's insect repellent is available in 2 forms- pump and a continuous spray.
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