By far we know that covering the mouth while coughing or sneezing, maintaining six feet distance and cleaning hands regularly can cut down the risk of infection. But as per a finding of Brazilian researchers, disinfecting your toothbrush can be a new way to stay safe.
In the study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the researchers pointed out that our toothbrush can “act as reservoirs for microorganisms”, which can easily transmit disease from a sick to a healthy person. This revelation is quite startling, especially in the COVID era because it has already been established that a high viral load of virus can be found in the saliva, nasopharynx, and oropharynx.
This makes it important to disinfect the toothbrushes and maintain oral hygiene to control the transmission of the virus, especially in asymptomatic cases or those who await the test result for COVID-19.