I believe you are right, Moose, but for the wrong reason. The only
digestive enzyme produced by the salivary glands is amylase which is
specific for digesting plant starches. Covid does not have a carbohydrate
coat so amylase would have no effect on it. The real reason is the
difference in lining epithelium of the mouth and nose. The inner portions
of the nasal passages are lined by respiratory epithelium for which a host
of viruses have evolved the ability to infect. The mouth is lined by
squamous epithelium which can be infected by some viruses (Pox, HPV) but is
resistant to respiratory viruses.
On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 3:51 PM Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 11/3/2020 5:53 AM, Wayne Shumaker wrote:
> > <>
> > Recent research indicates that the nasal cavity area is quite vulnerable
> for the infection.
> > For all those people who don't know how to wear a mask and cover their
> I continue to be mystified at the info/advice from even "experts" Saliva
> is a digestive juice, albeit a mild one. It's
> the first step of digestion. Hence, with saliva starting to digest the
> viruses, the likelihood of infection from virus
> in the mouth is probably low, certainly lower than nasal mucous membranes.
> Hence my use of a narrow, improvised nose mask in the dental chair.
> Belt or Suspenders Moose
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