Coronavirus: 5 Fake Health Advises You Should Ignore

Coronavirus is spreading in more and more countries and there’s
no known cure. Unfortunately, people are using the virus to promote some
health advises that are proven to be fake. Some of those advises are
pretty useless, while others are pretty dangerous.

Here are the 5 widespread claims and what science has to say about them:

1. Home-made hand sanitiser

There
has been a shortage of hand sanitiser gel, since washing your hands is
key to prevent spreading the virus. When the reports of shortage
emerged, people started sharing recipes for home-made sanitiser. These
home-made sanitisers are not suitable for use on skin, while they can be
good for cleaning surfaces. Professor Bloomfield from the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine explains that there’s no way to make
an effective product for hand sanitising at home.

2. Garlic

Many
claimed that garlic can prevent the virus. The World Health
Organization explains that while garlic is extremely healthy, there’s no
evidence that eating it can prevent coronavirus.

3. Drinkable Silver

A
person claimed that drinking colloidal silver, tiny silver particles
suspended in water, can kill some strains of the coronavirus in just 12
hours. Some people even claim that colloidal silver can treat many
conditions and can help the immune system.
There is no evidence that
this silver solution is effective for any health condition. The silver
solution can cause seizures, kidney damage and argyria, a condition that
can turn your skin blue.

4. Drinking water every 15 minutes

One
post that went viral said that drinking water every 15 minutes can
flush out any virus. Professor Land from the University of Oxford
explains that water can not just wash a respiratory virus down into your
stomach and kill it. Constantly drinking water can not prevent
coronavirus.

5. Heat and avoiding ice cream

There
are many claims that heat kills coronavirus. One post even claims that
drinking hot water and exposure to sun can kill the virus. That same
post claims that you should avoid ice cream. The reality is that the
virus doesn’t survive well outside the body during the summer, but
scientists don’t know yet how heat impacts the new coronavirus. Exposing
yourself to heat and the sun, will not protect you from the virus.

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