Based on the research conducted by Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in Porton Down, Wiltshire, the Ministry of Defense claims that the Citriodiol Sprays, used by Soldiers, are useful in weakening the COVID-19 virus.
What is Citriodil?
Citriodil is an insect repellent manufactured by Citrefine International Limited, a company based in Leeds, England. The demand for a less-lethal and more natural alternative to DEET resulted in the production of Citriodiol.
Production of Citriodiol
The Eucalyptus Citriodora tree found in Asia, Africa, and South America is the primary source of Eucalyptus essential oil used for the production of Citriodiol.
Citriodiol is made by chemically processing this Essential oil. Its ability to thwart the Dengue Virus, Malaria virus, Lyme Disease, West Nile virus and the Zika virus is verified.
Citriodiol Sprays were dispensed to the soldiers in the Army in April as additional protective equipment against Coronavirus. DSTL thereby administered tests on Mosi-Guard, a Citriodiol based spray, as per orders issued by the British Army. Other brands that manufacture Citriodiol sprays besides Mosi-Guard are Ben’s Natural, Care Plus Natural Insect Repellent, and Incognito.
The Testing Directed at the Effect of Citriodiol based Sprays on the COVID-19 Virus by DSTL
The experiment involved two approaches. Firstly, the anti-viral reaction of Mosi-Guard was recorded when brought in direct contact with the virus.
As per the second approach, Scientists examined specimens from the product post it’s application on latex or ‘synthetic skin.’
Findings from the Experiments
DSTL, through its research, found that the Citriodiol based Mosi-Guard Spray killed the virus when mixed with the virus directly in liquid form. No remnant of the virus could be recovered.
Specimens collected from latex after an hour exhibited no trace of the virus. However, samples obtained from latex after 4 hours revealed evidence of the COVID-19 virus.
Matthew Llyod, a professor at the University of Bath, says, “Looking at the kill tests viral load has been reduced by 100-1000 times. On artificial skin, after four hours, viral loads are only reduced by 10-fold. So the effect is quite small”. DSTL states that findings have not yet been reviewed, and the experiments are in an elementary phase.
Junior Defense Minister, Jeremy Quin, affirmed that Citriodiol Sprays could obliterate the COVID-19 virus. He based his statement on the research findings conducted by Scientists at Defense and Science Technology Laboratory. Quin urges more Scientists, Researchers, and People to engage with the Research on Citriodiol Sprays.
Citriodiol sprays have proven effective in the past against numerous health fatalities. With more comprehensive research and an increase in the subjects, the analysis can unveil and substantiate adequate insurance against the COVID-19 virus.
The spray is handily available and comes with the added advantage of the absence of toxic chemicals and side-effects. Currently, there is not ample research to establish Citriodiol as a credible guard against Coronavirus.
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Tuned.