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study shows that povidone-iodine solution, a disinfectant called a red medicine that was present in the house, stopped corona 19 virus activity in a short time.

First, let's look at the related content report and talk in detail with medical reporter Cho Dong-chan.


Povidone-iodine is the most used wound disinfectant.

[Kang Joo-hee / Nurse of Severance Hospital: You can think of it as a disinfectant mainly used when disinfecting to prevent bacterial infection.]

Povidone-iodine solution has been confirmed to have an inhibitory effect on SARS and MERS viruses, which are the same corona family.

For this reason, experts claiming to use forbid iodine solution as a COVID-19 disinfectant and experts claiming that the evidence is still insufficient coexisted.

A study at the University of Connecticut in the U.S. showed that povidone-iodine spray sprayed into the nose quickly suppressed the Corona 19 virus.

Compared to spraying with different concentrations of povidone solution and spraying with 70% alcohol on a plate cultured with the Corona 19 virus, it was found that the inhibitory effect was greater than that of 70% alcohol even when exposed for 15 seconds at a low 0.5% concentration.

Following the Singapore research team in June, this US study also confirmed the effect of suppressing Corona 19.

The World Health Organization is also recommending that patients being tested for suspected COVID-19 can reduce the amount of virus they may pass to medical staff by rinsing their mouths with this solution for 20 seconds.

However, further research is needed on how the public will use it for preventive purposes.

[Lee Hyeok-min/Director of Infection Control Department of Severance Hospital: In order to prevent human-to-human transmission, more clinical research is definitely needed in the future.]

Povidone-iodine is cheap and can be mass produced, so it will be useful if the effect is confirmed.

(Video coverage: Choi Ho-jun, video editing: Kim Ho-jin)