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LISTERINE® Usage Guidelines and Covid-19 Outbreak

Johnson & Johnson stands by the World Health Organization

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic are undeniable. We encourage Consumers to learn about and follow guidance provided by the World Health Organization.

OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

At Johnson & Johnson, we are committed to helping individuals and communities around the world manage the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19. Our teams are actively working on the development of a vaccine and maintaining production of high-demand pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer health products, including LISTERINE®.

As COVID-19 strains healthcare resources globally, it is more important than ever to help people stay healthy and out of a stressed healthcare system. Our mouthwash is in high demand as consumers focus on personal hygiene. We are prioritizing the continued production of high-demand products to maintain supply, all while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety.

To learn more about Johnson & Johnson’s full response to COVID-19, please visit JNJ.com.

 

USE AS DIRECTED

There have been consumer questions around the effectiveness of LISTERINE® against COVID-19. The health and safety of our consumers is paramount. Here are some frequently asked questions with answers from the makers of LISTERINE®.

Does rinsing with LISTERINE® kill the COVID-19 Virus?

No. LISTERINE® is a daily mouthwash which has been proven to kill 99.9% of germs* that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis. LISTERINE® mouth rinse has not been tested against the coronavirus and is not intended to prevent or treat COVID-19. Consumers should follow the preventive measures issued by the World Health Organization including washing hands frequently, maintaining social distance and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

*Lab test only. Germ kill% in the mouth can be lower

Can LISTERINE® be used as a hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant because it contains alcohol?

No. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol in order to protect yourself. Only some LISTERINE® formulations contain alcohol, and if present is only around 20% alcohol. LISTERINE® is not intended to be used, nor would it be beneficial as a hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant.

How can I use LISTERINE®, beyond rinsing?

LISTERINE® is only intended to be used to help prevent common oral health problems like bad breath, plaque, cavities, gingivitis and tooth stains. LISTERINE® is not intended to be gargled in the throat, but rather, swished in the mouth. LISTERINE® has many products to choose from. Always read the product label to ensure the product is right for you and use the product as directed.

Can LISTERINE® prevent sore throat?

LISTERINE® products are only intended to be used to help prevent common oral health problems like bad breath, plaque, cavities, gingivitis and tooth stains. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist on how to treat, prevent or relieve the pain of a sore throat.

LISTERINE® has antiseptic products, do these kill the germs that cause COVID-19?

No. LISTERINE® mouthwash has not been tested against any strains of coronavirus.

Only some LISTERINE® formulations contain alcohol, and if present is only around 20% alcohol. LISTERINE® is not intended to be used, nor would it be beneficial as a hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant.

LISTERINE® is clinically proven to kill 99.9 % of germs* that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis.

*Lab test only. Germ kill% in the mouth can be lower

 

OUR PRODUCT BENEFITS

What germs does LISTERINE® kill?

LISTERINE® is a daily mouthwash that is clinically proven to kill germs that cause plaque, bad breath and the early gum disease gingivitis. LISTERINE® kills up to 99.9% of germs* that cause early gum disease.

There are many LISTERINE® products that provide different oral care benefits. Find the one that is right for you.

*Lab test only. Germ kill% in the mouth can be lower

 

Does LISTERINE® kill viruses?

No. LISTERINE® mouthwash has not been tested against any strains of coronavirus, even in lab settings. LISTERINE® is a daily mouth rinse which has been proven to kill 99.9% of germs* that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis.

*Lab test only. Germ kill% in the mouth can be lower

How can LISTERINE® help me during the COVID-19 pandemic?

LISTERINE® has a portfolio of products intended to help prevent common oral health problems like bad breath, plaque, cavities, gingivitis and tooth stains. LISTERINE® can be helpful in maintaining oral hygiene between dental visits. Please consult your dental healthcare professional for updated guidance on booking non-emergency visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please always read the product label to ensure the product is right for you and use the product as directed.

 

OTHER PRODUCT RELATED QUESTIONS

Reduced Call Center and Contact Us Support

Due to the evolving public health emergency, you may experience a delayed response when contacting our Call Center and Contact Us. We appreciate your patience as we strive to provide the best service for you and your family during this time.