Could a simple salt water solution help to reduce the early symptoms and progression of COVID-19?
COVID-19 has quickly spread all over the world. It usually causes a fever, cough and other symptoms and can be severe in some people. Although a few treatment options are now available for individuals who are hospitalised with severe disease, there are currently no effective treatments for those who are managing COVID-19 at home and self-isolating.
The University of Edinburgh are running a study called ELVIS COVID-19 to find out if nasal washout and gargling with salt water helps individuals with COVID-19 get better faster by helping to ease the symptoms of the virus.
Scottish Care supports this ELVIS COVID-19 study and encourages those who are suitable to take part in it.
This study is for any adult in the UK who has developed COVID-19 symptoms in the last 48 hours, is isolating at home, and has not been advised to go to the hospital. We will gather information of symptoms throughout the period of illness and will use this to see if nasal washout and gargling with salt water has helped.