You all know about Corona (COVID-19) A respiratory disease which started in Wuhan, China as at of March 24, 2020, and spreads to 195 countries.
The disease has so far affected over 375,498 people and claimed over 16,362 lives around the world.
The countries with the most recorded cases have been China, Italy, United States of America, Spain and Germany.
While Covid-19 (Coronavirus) kept on spreading, a lot of misguided information about the disease is being passed around,which is mostly on on social media platforms.
One central area of misinformation has been on a cure for the coronavirus.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that there is currently no specific treatment, drug or vaccine to cure COVID-19.
Patients are treated based on signs and symptoms exhibited and a number of them have been cured. This has however not prevented the wrong information around purported Covid-19 cure.
Some of the overview of the most popular false claims surrounding coronavirus cures are👇.
1. Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
Chloroquine and its counterpart, hydroxychloroquine, has been all the rage following reports that it has shown some promise in curing the coronavirus. Media reports indicate people have overdosed on the drugs and have had to receive medical treatment following these claims.
but unfortunately, there is no definitive proof that the drugs can cure or are in anyways effective against Covid-19.
This claim has been extensively making rounds on social media platforms such as WhatsApp.
It showed an image of a Dettol bottle with the word ‘Human coronavirus’ circled laying emphasis on the antiseptic’s ability to deal with the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.
Reports claimed that there is no scientific evidence to prove that garlic can cure or prevent Covid-19. Although garlic has shown potential benefits in treating certain conditions.Meanwhile,WhatsApp and Facebook has been awashed with this claim.
4. Drinking alcohol kills the virus
Some have claimed that alcohol can serve as a good substitute for hand sanitisers. Drinking alcohol will not kill the virus, It will eventually damage the immune strength of the consumer.
5. Gargling with saline solution can eliminate the coronavirus
A viral image shared on Facebook that claimed gargling with saline solution or vinegar solution will kill the coronavirus.
Although Gargling with saline solution may be helpful in soothing sore throat,which is one of the symptoms of the coronavirus.
NHS also recommends gargling with warm saline water for adults suffering from sore throats. However, there is no evidence that it kills the virus.
6. Used clothes can transmit coronavirus
“It would be better now and for your safety and that of your children to avoid the use of newly acquired used clothing.” This quote is an excerpt from a viral WhatsApp message.
The text warns readers to be careful when shopping for clothes; to get new and not used garments amid the pandemic. The author believes that clothes of index victims are being discarded and sold to Africans.
So stay home and stay safe! Also avoid fake news about the cure for coronavirus.
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