UK troops will receive insect repellents to protect themselves from coronavirus after tests have shown it can kill the deadly disease.
Citriodiol is known to fight types of viruses – with evidence suggesting that it may also attack the Covid-19 strain.
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A source told Sky News that there is evidence suggesting that the product – made from oil from the leaves and twigs of eucalyptus citriodora – could kill the strain behind the pandemic.
He is in the Mosi Guard, which is already sent to military units.
The product dissolves over time, so it could add a protective layer for several hours.
If it is found to be effective, the spray will be used to strengthen existing protective measures – including social distancing and hand washing.
The company behind Citriodiol is now asking the government to formally test the product after claiming it could offer better protection against the coronavirus.
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Jacqueline Watson, Managing Director of Citrefine International Ltd, said: “What we can say is that we think there is a very good chance it can work against this virus, but it must of course be carefully tested. “
Soldiers are also given a disinfectant spray if they come into contact with someone who may have the killer virus.
ESOL disinfectant is normally used on food to extend its shelf life – troops are asked to apply it every four hours.
They will also be offered vitamin D supplements to strengthen their immune systems.
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Priority will be given to those who support government efforts to fight coronaviruses – such as troops working at test sites and providing personal protective equipment (PPE).
A Defense Ministry spokesperson said, “The protection and well-being of armed forces personnel is a priority.
“To help them stay healthy and available for service, the Department of Defense is considering what additional measures can help their immune systems stay in shape.” “
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