These are the incorrect corona advice now circulating on social media

05 Mar 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

These are the incorrect corona advice now circulating on social media

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Advice on how to prevent the coronavirus and how to cure COVID-19 is widely shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. NUcheckt lists the incorrect advice.

NUcheckt received many emails last week with questions from readers about corona advice they had received via WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. Since last Thursday, mainly a message has been shared that is said to come from Stanford University. The university has itself stated that the message did not come from them and that it also contains incorrect information.

You cannot detect contamination by holding your breath

The message that is supposed to be Stanford University is a collection of various pieces of advice that have already been spread on social media in other forms. For example, this post claims that if you manage to hold your breath for 10 seconds without any problem, you are not infected with the corona virus.

Robert Legare Atmar, infectious disease specialist at Baylor College Of Medicine in Texas, previously told the AP news agency that letting someone hold their breath might help recognize serious lung problems, but it doesn't help detect people who have mild or mild symptoms of the coronavirus. Experts indicate that anxiety, asthma and hay fever, for example, can also prevent you from holding your breath for ten seconds. advice attributed to Stanford University also stated that drinking a sip of water every fifteen minutes helps prevent you from getting sick of the coronavirus. NUcheckt wrote about this extensively on March 4. The conclusion was that it is important for your health to drink enough water, but that there is no indication that drinking water regularly helps against the corona virus.

In other emails that NU.nl received, it was stated that gargling with a salt or vinegar solution helps to fight the corona virus. John Hopkins University, on their website, explains that gargling with any liquid does not prevent you from getting coronavirus sick.

Garlic or Vitamin C are not drugs against COVID-19

< A NU.nl reader also asked whether seven cloves of garlic, minced and boiled in water, can cure COVID-19. This rumor appears to be circulating in different languages ??and countries. The World Health Organization has explained that garlic may have antibacterial properties, but there is no evidence that it helps fight the corona virus.

Finally, there are several rumors that vitamin C can prevent you from becoming infected with it. coronavirus and even that it can cure the disease caused by the coronavirus. These claims are also unsubstantiated. It is true that taking enough vitamin C may have a small effect on the chances of catching a cold, but there is no evidence that it prevents coronavirus infection.

Also for the claim that the coronavirus can be cured by taking vitamin C there is no evidence. An investigation is currently underway in the Chinese province of Wuhan to investigate whether injecting vitamin C directly into the bloodstream can help against COVID-19. No results are known yet.

What can you do?

Be suspicious when you come across health advice claiming that a particular action or food can completely protect you from can cure the coronavirus or COVID-19. A lot of research is currently being done, but no drug has been found, according to the World Health Organization, that has been proven to help against the coronavirus and is known to be safe. There is also no vaccine yet.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) advises that, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you stay at home with complaints, work from home if possible and limit contact with others. Furthermore, it is important to wash your hands well and often, to cough in the inside of your elbow, not to shake hands and to use tissue paper.

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