In a series of experiments, scientists at the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence, demonstrated that Mosi-guard Natural spray could kill the virus when used either as a spray or as a liquid.
The insect spray contains an ingredient called Citriodiol, which could be used to create a new protection against the virus.
Citriodiol is already known to kill other types of Coronavirus.
The DTSL was asked by the surgeon general and former NHS chief executive Peter Homa to examine whether the insect spray would work against the virus.
The scientists applied the chemical directly to the virus as a liquid drop and separately as a spray on synthetic latex skin.
According to a report published on Wednesday, in both experiments the insect spray was able to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus.