Can Insect Repellent Protect You From COVID-19?

I know what you’re thinking…10 plus weeks of lockdown, she has officially lost it, bug spray vs COVID-19! However, there has been a lot of research into weather Citriodiol ® (PMD) based sprays could help to protect you against COVID-19.

The British Military have been given the product as it has been proven to form a “barrier on the skin” and has been found to protect against “variants of the SARS virus” which is similar to the COVID-19 virus. (Defence Secretary) The spray is being used alongside other measures such as social distancing, washing of hands and wearing PPE.

What is Citriodiol® (PMD)?

It is the oil you get from the leaves of Eucalyptus Citriodora trees also known as Lemon Eucalyptus; the product does dissolve over time, but it provides a layer of protection over the skin.

Can it protect against COVID-19?

It is known that Citriodiol ® (PMD) does have antiviral properties and has been used in the past to protect against SARS 1 which is another strain of coronavirus.

Research is still ongoing as to whether or not it can be used against COVID-19, as its full effectiveness is not known yet.

Doctors are saying that more studies need to be done however, “it has been hypothesised that it may have antiviral or antibacterial properties in previous studies” Dr Louise Wiseman, 

My Opinion

I feel, especially when I am allowed to return to work that I want to do everything possible to a) protect myself and b) protect my clients. So, if they think Citriodiol ®(PMD) may have some effect on preventing the virus then yes please, I will be using that!

There are a lot of products on the market that have this ingredient in them, but I would recommend the following product that contains Lemon Eucalyptus. I have been using it every time I leave the house to go to the shops etc. as an extra barrier of defence, plus it is just a nice product to use. It is non-greasy, easy to apply and you don’t need too much to feel you’ve got full coverage.

If you want more information- they have also produced a blog explaining everything and have links to articles at the bottom for you to read. This is not a paid ad, this is just a product I really like and want to share with you all.

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