FOX NEWS: Doctor suggests salt to help fight COVID-19

Dr. Steven Quay suggests a novel method to enhance mask protection against germs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. By spraying a salt solution onto masks and letting it dry overnight, studies have shown up to a thousand-fold improvement in virus stopping ability.

The idea, detailed in Dr. Quay’s book “The COVID-19 Survival Guide,” involves salt crystals dissolving droplets containing viruses, ultimately leading to their destruction. The solution also includes a small amount of dish soap to further disrupt the virus’s fatty surface.

Although not specifically tested against COVID-19, the method offers an additional layer of protection and peace of mind. The recipe for the solution involves water, salt, and dish soap, with careful preparation and application instructions provided. While there’s no definitive proof of its effectiveness against COVID-19, it presents a potential way to bolster mask protection.


Steven Quay is the founder of Seattle-based Atossa Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: ATOS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods for breast cancer and other breast conditions.

He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Nobel Laureate H. Gobind Khorana, a resident at the Harvard-MGH Hospital, and was on the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine. His contributions to medicine have been cited over 9,600 times. He has founded six startups, invented seven FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, and holds 87 US patents. Over 80 million people have benefited from the medicines he invented.

His current passion is the prevention of the two million yearly breast cancer cases worldwide.

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