British troops receive Citriodiol insect repellant after tests show spray may offer ‘enhanced’ protection against coronaviruses – The Sun


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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    Troops May Receive Insect Repellant To Protect Against Coronavirus3
Troops May Receive Insect Repellant To Protect Against CoronavirusCredit: Rex Features

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.

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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    The spray has proven effective against the Covid-19 strain


The spray has been shown to be effective against the Covid-19 strainCredit: PA: Press Association
    It could be given to those who support government efforts to stop the disease


It could be given to those who support government efforts to stop the diseaseCredit: PA: Press Association

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