Ask Apollo explains how countries worldwide use thymol in disinfecting products to protect people from COVID-19. It is derived naturally from the thyme plant.
Ask Apollo: Thymol’s Role in COVID-19 Control
Various research attempts are being investigated to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as researchers and scientists seek to tackle it. One such area of interest is the investigation of Thymol (produced from Thyme oil) for its possible involvement in virus transmission control; we discuss this topic in this article.
Thymol’s antibacterial effects have long been recognized. Its potency against different pathogens, including bacteria and fungi, has made it popular as an ingredient in natural disinfectants and cleaners. It is commonly found in essential oils such as thyme oil. Researchers have been looking into Thymol’s possible efficiency against the SARS-CoV-2 virus as a potential therapeutic option since the COVID-19 epidemic began spreading over Asia in 2007.
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Studies have shown Thymol to have antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 virus infections. The findings show that it may impede viral replication by damaging the viral envelope, preventing entry into and infiltration of host cells.
A preliminary laboratory study on Thymol’s effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 has yielded promising results, indicating that it can greatly reduce the virus’s infectivity and restrict its transmission. Further research, such as clinical studies, will be required to validate these findings and determine the appropriate dose and administration against COVID-19.
Thymol’s activity against COVID-19 goes beyond antiviral activities alone. Thymol’s potential can be expanded far beyond antivirals by using it as an eco-friendly, safer disinfectant and surface cleanser ingredient. Research has shown that it may eliminate many diseases (bacteria and fungus) while minimizing residue risk and environmental contamination.