As of Monday, 3 February, at the time of publishing the Coronavirus has infected around 17,200 lives in China and infected 3 in India. With fresh updates coming in constantly, it can get hard to verify fact from fiction.
From a now-deleted ANI tweet to Whatsapp forwards, the latest viral message about coronavirus is that it can be cured by fresh garlic.
True or False?
We’ve heard this cautionary tale of home-remedies for viral infections. But how true is it?
Dr Sumit Ray, Senior Consultant, Critical Care Medicine says,
He adds that while there may be anecdotal evidence, but modern science needs robust research methodologies on proven cause and effect to come to a conclusion.
“So far, there has been no published research in recognized journals to prove this.”
What About Traditional Remedies?
On the other hand, raw garlic and ginger are known to be both natural treatments to boost immunity but they are not a sure-fire cure for the novel coronavirus. Eating citrus fruits or peppers may help too but they are not a substitute for a medical vaccine.
Of these home-remedies, Dr Ray says, “These are difficult to prove through scientific methodology and hard rigour, and from the lens of modern medicine are vague claims if not thoroughly researched.”
But while it may be difficult, it’s not impossible to prove the claims of herbal or alternative medicine through modern scientific analysis.
In Conclusion: Be Wary of Unresearched Medical Claims
All in all, these claims are just that - claims without proof of effectiveness. And in a time when fears about the novel coronavirus are spreading fast, Dr Ray says that it is important to remember that solid proof is needed before verifying a medical claim.
So for now, take the routine precautions and steer clear of unresearched claims and fake news!
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