Senator Ron Johnson promotes Listerine as a cure for COVID-19

Conspiracy theorist and Russia’s favorite US Senator Ron Johnson (Idiot-WI) offered up his latest cure for the deadly Coronavirus COVID-19. During a virtual town hall meeting, Johnson told his audience “standard gargle mouthwash” kills coronaviruses like COVID-19. Scientific research and mouthwash companies do not back up his claim. In fact, Johnson’s latest, unproven cure prompted one mouthwash company, Listerine, to issue a statement on their website stating, “Current available data is insufficient to support a conclusion that the use of LISTERINE® mouthwash is helpful in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.”

“By the way, standard gargle mouthwash, has been proven to kill the coronavirus,” Johnson claimed during the Wednesday event. “If you get it, you may reduce viral replication. Why not try all these things?”

“It just boggles my mind that the NIH (National Institutes of Health) tell people, ‘Do nothing. Maybe take Tylenol,'” he added.


Researchers have said that mouthwashes can reduce the amount of coronavirus inside of a person’s mouth, helping reduce possible transmission to others.

However, mouthwashes don’t effectively treat or prevent COVID-19, nor are they a replacement for face masks or social distancing, according to laboratory studies cited by the wellness website Healthline.

Back in November, YouTube suspended Johnson’s account for one week for promoting COVID-19 lies. In the video that got Johnson in the penalty box, Johnson claimed “COVID-19 vaccines had killed 17,619 in the United States. However, he sourced his number from the Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS).

In a previous article on Ron Johnson, News Views explained:

VAERS is a government website for collecting information on possible adverse effects related to vaccines. It is a database of raw information that allows anyone to contribute a report. Conspiracy theorists and antivaxxers quote and use unverified information they found on this site to bolster and justify their false claims about the COVID-19 shots and reasons for not getting jabbed.

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