A new oral spray that claims to kill 99.9% of infectious airborne germs could mean the end of flu and the common cold as we know it. The first of its kind oral antiseptic spray promises to end the suffering of millions of people across the world, as the spray protects from any germs breathed in for six hours. The spray known as Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9% effective in killing airborne germs that lead to infections.
Dr Frank Esper, from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, stated that respiratory tract disease is a major cause of mortality across the globe; however there has been little research into the prevention of respiratory virus infections compared to other diseases. The Halo Oral spray is a unique product as it offers protection from a number of airborne germs including influenza and rhinovirus. The spray is created by using glycerine and xanthan gum as a microbial barrier, combined with cetylpyridinium chloride as an anti-infective agent to fight respiratory illnesses.
In order to test the performance of the oral spray, strains of the H1N1 virus that caused a pandemic in 2009 were used to test the anti-infective abilities of the Halo spray. Dr Esper said that the glycerine and xanthan gum stopped the germs from entering and reacting with a person’s system and the cetylpyridinium chloride killed the germ. It is believed the spray will be an excellent defence in preventing disease from epidemic, sporadic or pandemic respiratory viral infections and help fight against infection. Where the spray will come in to its own will be when used to protect those particularly vulnerable to respiratory illnesses, including those with poor immune systems, those with lung disease and military personnel.
A second study was also undertaken to highlight the effectiveness of the Halo’s power against disease causing pathogenic germs. It was shown that airborne infections are often passed through the mouth meaning that the oral spray is a highly effective method to stop the spread of these infections. Preliminary data from the research also discovered that Halo killed all of the 11 clinical strains of whooping cough when testing the spray.
When using three sprays of Halo, it has the ability to destroy airborne germs that are breathed in for up to six hours – this also includes when a person is eating or drinking. This will be especially useful when a person finds themselves in a crowded environment such as at work, public places and on public transport. Halo is actually the first and only product that offers protection from airborne germs available on the market.
Gareth writes on behalf of The Health Insurance Group who offer private healthcare solutions at an affordable price.