Post-hoc secondary analysis of data from our recent Edinburgh and Lothians Viral Intervention Study (ELVIS) pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) indicates that hypertonic saline nasal irrigation and gargling (HSNIG) reduced the duration of coronavirus upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) by an average of two-and-a-half days. As such, it may offer a potentially safe, effective and scalable intervention in those with Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) following infection with the betacoronavirus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)


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Ramalingam, S., Graham, C., Dove, J., Morrice, L. & Sheikh, A. 2020, 'Hypertonic saline nasal irrigation and gargling should be considered as a treatment option for COVID-19', Journal of Global Health, 10(1), pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.10.010332

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