Coronavirus Myths and their Realities

It is not uncommon, for social media users to acquire messages about misleading herbal concoctions that declare to fight against health issues and treat problems like hypertension, diabetes, or hypothyroidism. With the outbreak of the coronavirus, there are such ridiculous claims circulating throughout the social media.

The media has mentioned that some people are looking for “alternative” treatments to protect or to deal with COVID-19. A number of those purported remedies consist of natural treatment plans, teas, important oils, tinctures, and silver products together with colloidal silver. There is no clinical proof that any of these can save you or cure COVID-19. Many are baseless remedies with little or no research to confirm them, but many of us use them as “preventive measure” along with the hand washing and social distancing endorsed through medical experts.

It’s crucial to remember that although many nutritional supplements come from natural sources, “natural” does not always mean that it is a better option for you and has no side effects.

Natural remedies have been used to treat certain viral infections like cold, flu and influenza, some remedies are thought to boost the immunity to fight against infections, but it does not mean we can cure the COVID 19 with all these herbal tips.

Here are some rumors and their facts about COVID 19

1) Most circulated post about tea drinking

"Who might have realized that a basic cup of tea would be the treatment for this infection." This bogus case - shared via web-based networking media - alludes to the Chinese specialist Li Wenliang, who was hailed a legend for his endeavors to raise the caution about the infection at an opportune time in Wuhan, and who later died because of this condition.

According to the claim that methylxanthines present in a tea- can reduce the severity of this virus.

Further, that post asserted that emergency clinics in China were giving Covid-19 patients tea three times each day.

The facts demonstrate that methylxanthines are found in tea, just as in espresso and chocolate.

There's no proof Dr. Li Wenliang was exploring their impact - he was an eye master, instead of a specialist on infections - nor that the tea was used in clinics to treat infection in China.

Here is the screenshot of the misleading WhatsApp message:

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2) Circulated claim on WhatsApp about lemon, baking soda can kill Coronavirus

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“There’s no data that shows using lemon juice or hot tea or anything like that would kill a virus,” Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious diseases physician at Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, told 3) Garlic or lemon help you to fight against Corona (WHO) No doubt garlic has antimicrobial property and Vitamin C in lemon helps you to improve your immune function but, no evidence eating garlic or lemon has protected people from the coronavirus.

4) Gargling with saltwater can flush the Coronavirus from your mouth (WHO) No evidence regularly gargling has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. While this may help soothe a sore throat, this practice will not prevent the virus to enter the body.

5) Hot weather and Corona (WHO) The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all climates.

6) Drinking warm water and sunlight exposure is good to prevent you from Corona (WHO) There is no evidence that the COVID-19 that drinking warm water and sunlight exposure helps you to prevent from Corona. No doubt sunlight helps you to maintain your vitamin D levels but too much exposure can cause sunburn.

7) Taking hot bath and Corona (WHO) Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Yes, it is good to wash your hands and face to protect yourself from Corona.

8) Hand dryers are effective against Coronavirus (WHO) Hands dryers do not work against COVID 19. You should wash your hands or sanitize them with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

9) Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body (WHO) Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth) and they are used as surface disinfectants.

10) Pneumonia vaccines work against Coronavirus (WHO) This news is fake. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, and WHO is supporting their efforts. Although these vaccines are not effective against COVID-19, vaccination against respiratory illnesses such as flu is highly recommended to protect your health.

11) Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites (WHO) Still, no evidence that this virus is transmitted through mosquito bites.

12) Drinking water and COVID 19 (WHO) There is no evidence from surrogate human coronaviruses that they are present in surface or groundwater sources or transmitted through contaminated drinking water.

13) Coronavirus spread through food containers (Mayoclinic) There's no evidence of anyone contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 after touching food containers and food packaging. Many restaurants are now offering no-contact takeout and delivery to lessen the risk of transmission.

14) Coronavirus present on household surfaces (Mayoclinic) In a study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that the virus that causes COVID-19 can live up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to three days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces.

15) Coronavirus can transmit through stool and urine (Mayoclinic) Strains of COVID 19 has been detected in the stool of infected patients. Specialists don't have the idea yet what the danger of transmission from stool may be, however, the infection that causes COVID-19 may spread through untreated sewage.

16) Breast milk can transmit the coronavirus (WHO) The transmission through breastmilk and breastfeeding has not been distinguished. While breastfeeding, a mother should take proper preventive measures to reduce the chance of droplets with COVID-19 being spread to her baby.

17) Eating chicken causes the spread of new Coronavirus This is also a fake post. Properly hygienically cook food is not the source of coronavirus.

18) Frozen foods and ice cream spread the Coronavirus No evidence eating hygienically made frozen food cause coronavirus.

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19) Neem leaves cure Coronavirus

A claim that neem leaves can treat the novel coronavirus and reduce the severity of its symptoms has been shared around 11000 times in different Facebook posts on March 22, 2020. The post is bogus; Malaysia's Ministry of Health and clinical specialists state there is no logical proof to support this claim.