A new study suggested that mouthwash could prevent the spread of the novel virus, COVID-19. 

The scientific journal Function released new research in the study “Potential role of oral rinses targeting the viral lipid envelope in SARS-CoV-2 infection” on Thursday. 

“Emerging studies increasingly demonstrate the importance of the throat and salivary glands as sites of virus replication and transmission in early COVID-19 disease. SARS-CoV-2 is an enveloped virus, characterized by an outer lipid membrane derived from the host cell from which it buds,” an excerpt from the paper abstract read.

The summary further stated that there are other published research papers on other viruses like SARS-CoV-2, which support the idea of oral rinsing.

The paper, however, admitted that the topic is still an “under-researched area” and needs more clinical trials.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there is no evidence that the mouthwash will prevent the spread of the COVID-19.