Research: Nasal saline irrigation reduces severity in high-risk COVID patients

Coronavirus, Health, Healthcare, Hospitalization, Infection, Research, Treatment

SARS-CoV-2 positive participants initiating nasal irrigation were over 8 times less likely to be hospitalized than the national rate.

Seventy-nine high-risk participants were enrolled. Analyzed by intention-to-treat, by day 28, COVID-19 symptoms resulted in one ED visit and no hospitalizations in 42 irrigating with alkalinization, one hospitalization of 37 in the povidone-iodine group, (1.27%) and no deaths.

Eleven reported irrigation-related complaints and four discontinued use. Symptom resolution was more likely for those reporting twice daily irrigation

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Starting twice daily flushing of the mucus-lined nasal cavity with a mild saline solution soon after testing positive for COVID-19 can significantly reduce hospitalization and death, investigators report.

They say the technique that can be used at home by mixing a half teaspoon each of salt and baking soda in a cup of boiled or distilled water then putting it into a sinus rinse bottle is a safe, effective and inexpensive way to reduce the risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus infection that could have a vital public health impact.

Eurekalert.org article

 


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