Product in insect repellent 'can kill coronavirus', military scientists say
A product found in insect repellent can kill a strain of coronavirus that triggers the Covid-19 virus, according to a military study.
Research by scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has suggested that inspect repellent that contains Citriodiol could be used to tackle the virus, reported Sky News.
However, the mosquito spray would not be efficient on its own and would need to be used as an extra layer of protection, along with face masks and regular hand washing.
It is understood that Citriodiol – found in repellents such as Mosi-Guard and others – has already been found to have killed other types of coronavirus.
The eucalyptus citriodora tree creates the oil, which is extracted from leaves and twigs to produce the product.
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