People infected with Covid who gargle salty water massively reduce their chances of hospitalisation, a new study has found.Researchers have found that people testing positive for Covid who gargled low or high doses of salt in warm water for a fortnight were up to three times less likely to end up in hospital than those who did not.The remedy may prove useful for those looking to improve their symptoms and keep themselves out of the hospital.The American study, which involved 58 people, determined that both a low and high-dose saline regimen appeared to be associated with lower hospitalisation rates.Study lead author Dr Sebastian Espinoza said: "Between 2020 and 2022, individuals aged 18 to 65 with positive PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection were randomly selected to undergo low- or high-dose saline regimens for 14 days."The low- and high-saline solutions consisted of 2.13 grams and six grams of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water, respectively.
Gargling and nasal rinsing was done four times a day for 14 days."Primary outcomes included frequency and duration of symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection; secondary outcomes included hospital or ICU admission, mechanical ventilatory support, or death."He added: "Exclusion criteria were chronic hypertension or participation in another interventional study.
Those on the low- and high-dose saline solutions, as well as those in the reference population, had similar rates of vaccination."He said there were no significant differences in the primary or secondary outcomes of the study between the high and low salt groups.During the study period, more than 9,300 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 were evaluated and were the reference population.Dr Espinoza said