Perhaps the most-discussed topic these days is coronavirus. The novel coronavirus is growing to be a global pandemic. The life-threatening infection originated in Wuhan, China’s seafood market and has since spread to several countries, affecting more than 80,000 people.
The United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and Middle East are all suffering and taking measures to prevent the further spread of this virus.
Dubbed the COVID-19, this viral ailment comes with flu-like symptoms and spreads from human-to-human contact. Its symptoms include cough, breathing problems, and fever. In severe cases it can even cause organ failure. Ever since this new type of coronavirus has made its way to headlines, several myths have hopped on to social media. People are trying various home remedies in order to treat the disease which doesn’t have a vaccine yet developed for stopping it.
Is it wise to follow these remedies and self-medication options that are circulating on social media? No, its not. Authorities have strictly said that no such measures should be taken. Moreover, research doesn’t back any of the fictitious claims that are being posted and widely shared on the internet. Let’s visit some of the more popular treatment myths surrounding last year’s coronavirus:
1 – Cannabis can halt the virus
Weed has become very popular in recent years. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties plus it can help with a number of diseases. This has gained it the status of some sort of ‘miracle cure.” Sure, cannabinoids do have a lot of potential. However, this doesn’t mean that they can help get rid of the coronavirus.
In early February, Instagram and Facebook were filled with a post claiming that scientists had found that weed could kill the viral infection. This post was created by an online generator, used a stock photo of marijuana, and had no truth to it at all. Therefore, no, don’t smoke pot to improve symptoms. It wouldn’t help.
2 – Cocaine can kill coronavirus
Similar to the above claim, another breaking news that dominated the internet was how cocaine could kill the disease. This claim also said that scientists had found the news. It also used a stock photo to deliver the so-called treatment. Again, this news was false despite making several rounds on Facebook and Twitter.
You should not use cocaine as a medication to get rid of the 2019 novel coronavirus because it cannot help. If anything, the drug can further harm your health.
3 – Ginger ale can help
Another claim being made on the internet is that ginger ale can help kill the virus. How can it do that? Rumor says that when you prepare this herbal tea you should add more ginger to it to make it more beneficial. The concept behind drinking ginger tea is that it creates a hot environment in your digestive system in which the virus cannot thrive.
Can this and other such sort of teas or herbal remedies be of any use against COVID-19? Again, no. Interestingly, ginger and garlic prices have risen in China. But before you assume, know that this has nothing to do with more and more people trying out this remedy. Prices have risen because of transportation problems and labor shortages.
4 – High doses of vitamins can treat coronavirus
Pseudo health experts and wellness influencers are suggesting you take high doses of vitamins A, C, and D. They are saying that even Chinese doctors are recommending to do so. Don’t do that as these near lethal doses of vitamins and supplements cannot treat or help in anyway. In fact, they can even land people in the hospital.
The right doses of vitamins can strengthen your immunity, but their inclusion needs to be monitored, not indefinite. You should be aware that you shouldn’t take excess of anything including minerals and vitamins. Yet, there are Miracle Mineral Solutions and bleach-containing recipes which have become highly popular on social media for being treatments for coronavirus.
What Can Help?
The coronavirus outbreak has scared the masses but know that there is no need to panic. Most cases of the viral infection are mild with several people already having recovered. The people at most risk of the virus’ fatality are those with poor immunity or the elderly. Here is a quick run through what you can do:
- Cover your mouth, eyes, and nose. This is from where the virus enters. You may need to wear a mask.
- Eat at home and avoid processed foods. Wash fruits, vegetables, and eggs thoroughly.
- When you cough, do so in the crook of your elbow.
- Wash your hands regularly.
Treatment for the coronavirus
There is currently no treatment for the COVID-19 as of yet. This doesn’t mean that people are not recovering. Scientists are developing a vaccine for the condition. Small advances are being made in the direction of developing a vaccine. But, it will be a long time before such a treatment comes out.