New studies bolster claims that nasal rinse may help protect against COVID-19 | Richmond Free Press

New studies support a Richmond man’s claims that rinsing your nose daily can protect against COVID-19 and other diseases that develop in the nose and sinuses.

Photographer and home builder Robert S. Liverman, 54, shared the information on social media sites such as TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, as the Free Press first reported in October 2020.

Since then, separate year-long studies at Vanderbilt University and the Medical College of Georgia have independently verified Dr. Liverman’s insight that a daily nasal spray can be effective even for those who are unvaccinated.

The results are significant given that COVID-19 infections continue in Richmond and across the country despite a significant reduction in the number of cases.

Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Kyle Kimura began championing the idea of ​​nasal rinses early in the pandemic. He first published his views in April 2020 and began a study in August 2020.

Dr Kimura reported in October 2021 that clinical tests found that using over-the-counter nasal sprays “can reduce viral shedding” of the coronavirus, and that adding a tiny amount of baby shampoo to the spray “would further neutralize the virus”.

“Although a unanimous treatment has yet to be discovered,” Dr. Kimura wrote in his article, a number of studies “examining the effect of nasal saline (found) decreased excretion of the virus in patients treated with saline irrigation compared to the control group.” In other words, nasal irrigation reduced viral infection and a person’s ability to spread disease, he said.

A similar finding emerged from a multidisciplinary medical research team from Augusta University, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University and Edinburgh Napier University.

In a clinical paper published in August 2021, the seven-member team reported that “nasal irrigation offers a safe, over-the-counter measure with potentially life-saving public health impact.”

Their 12-month clinical trial involving 79 people aged 55 and over demonstrated that the use of nasal spray led to a significant reduction in death and serious illness in the “high-risk age group with pre-existing conditions”, the team said.

Based on their findings, the team estimated that widespread use of these nasal sprays could have prevented 1.2 million people infected with COVID-19 from entering hospitals, a drop of 18 percentage points. percentage, which would have led to a reduction in the “pressure on the capacity of the intensive care unit”. and stress and risk for health care providers.

Mr Liverman, who has never been vaccinated and only wore a mask when a store or company made it mandatory, welcomed the confirmation.

He said he got the idea after reading reports on research from 2020 shortly after the start of the pandemic that revealed the nose was the point of invasion for COVID-19 and the virus spread. is developed in the nasal cavities for seven to 14 days before becoming a potential threat. to the health of the person.

“It came to me,” he said. “To prevent disease from developing, why not just flush the toilet daily like you do for allergies?”

To reduce costs, he created his own formula. He said he mixes half a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda with a gallon of distilled water, fills a nasal spray bottle and squirts.

The video demo he created called “Flush for Life” has received over a million views on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter since he posted his idea in 2020.

“We have received scary messages about this disease from the government. We saw the hospitals full of patients,” Liverman said. “And all along, there was a simple solution that could have saved everyone a lot of heartache.”

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