- Betadine, an iodine-based antiseptic, has been wrongly considered a potential COVID-19 prophylactic
- Rumors about the drug spread on a Thai television program before later spreading on social media.
- The drug is FDA approved and safe for human use, but has never demonstrated the ability to fight viruses.
- The developers of the drug issued a statement saying that the drug is not effective in combating COVID-19.
Betadine, an iodine-based antiseptic, has been erroneously considered a potential COVID-19 prophylactic. It is FDA-approved but has never shown any ability to fight the virus
An iodine-based antiseptic used for cleaning skin wounds is being touted by some anti-vaxxers as a way to prevent COVID-19.
Povidone iodine, which is sold under the brand name Betadine, has been the subject of false claims on social media, pushing it as a potential vaccine replacement.
Doctors and even the manufacturer of Betadine, Everio Health, have warned against misuse of the antiseptic, saying it has no ability to prevent or treat COVID.
This comes only a week after reports of people overdose on veterinary versions of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, after reports that it can combat the virus.
Rumors Around Betadine seems to have started On a Thai television show called Tok Mai Tiang, which translates to buzz.
On the show, a doctor claimed that gargling with iodine could potentially prevent a person who has been exposed to COVID-19.
The video has been viewed over 350,000 times online, excluding people who watched the show live when it aired on Thai television.
Thoughts on the video come from Thailand or Western audiences are not known.
Rumors about Betadine originated from a Thai television show, on which a doctor (left) told the host (right) that gargling with iodine could prevent COVID-19
This was followed by other posts on social media sites such as Twitter, promoting iodine to prevent infection with the virus.
Betadine Nasal Spray & Throat 4x/day. I was taking all this except IVM before I got sick. Betadine as soon as I found out I was exposed,’ found a Twitter post newsweek wrote.
The developers of Antiseptic moved quickly to shut down these claims.
‘No. Betadine antiseptic first aid products are not approved to treat coronavirus,’ reads a COVID-19 page on official Betadine Website.
‘Betadine Antiseptic first aid products should only be used in minor cuts, scrapes and burns to help prevent infection.
‘Betadine antiseptic products have not been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 or any other virus.’
Doctors have also warned against using antiseptic as a way of treating or preventing COVID.
There is no evidence to support the use of povidone-iodine in preventing COVID-19 infection. If it really works, we will be spraying it all the time,’ said Dr Pokrath Hanssuta, assistant professor of virology at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. AFP.
Betadine mouthwash is often used to treat a sore throat, a symptom that a person may feel when infected with COVID.
Ointment versions of Betadine can also be used to treat skin rashes and to prevent cuts and other abrasions from becoming infected.
It is approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but not for use to combat viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
The condition is similar to ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug also known as a drug that can stop or treat viruses.
Ivermectin is approved by the FDA for human use to treat certain parasitic-related conditions, and is routinely available by prescription.
However, many people are harming themselves because they are buying versions of the drug made for large animals such as cows and horses at livestock stores and its consumption is so large that it cannot be considered safe for humans.
Merck & Co. Inc., the developer of ivermectin, has also warned against using its drug to fight the virus.
Clinical trials will soon begin in Minnesota to test whether the anti-parasite drug ivermectin is effective in treating COVID-19.