Did China Use Hot Drinks + Steam To Kill COVID-19?!

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The Sun FM video on how China used hot drinks and steam to kill COVID-19 keeps getting shared on WhatsApp.

Find out why it’s so popular, and what the FACTS really are!


Sun FM : China Used Hot Drinks + Steam To Kill COVID-19!

In an effort to leverage off the “hot topic” of COVID-19 in the early days, Sun FM – an Indian radio station that is related to Sun TV – created and released a video that went viral.

The video went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp, because Sun FM made a lot of incredible claims :

  1. No one dies of COVID-19 in China
  2. The Chinese don’t seek medical attention even if they get COVID-19
  3. The Chinese controlled COVID-19 by :
    a) drinking hot water 6 times a day
    b) drinking hot milk + tea 4 times a day
    c) inhaling steam as often as possible
  4. By consuming hot drinks and inhaling steam for 4 days, they are cured of COVID-19 on the 5th day.
  5. The PCR test will turn up negative.
  6. Medicine cannot totally cure COVID-19, but the heat can.

They then end the video, asking people to share the video, and telling them “Our interest is your safety”.

China Used Hot Drinks + Steam To Kill COVID-19?


Truth : China Did NOT Use Hot Drinks + Steam To Kill COVID-19!

The Sun FM video was released sometime in mid-2020, and is complete and utter BULLSHIT.

Nothing in it is remotely true. And they had the gall to claim that their interest is your safety. BULLSHIT!

Fact #1 : Many People Died Of COVID-19 In China!

Back in January 2021, China reported 90,329 cases of COVID-19, of which 4,636 people died.

That is a very high mortality rate of 5.13%! Basically – 1 out of every 20 COVID-19 patients in China died.

Fact #2 : Chinese Hospitals Were Full!

COVID-19 spread so rapidly in China that their hospitals quickly filled up. Pictures and video showed people crowding hospitals, desperate to find help.

China quickly built two makeshift hospitals – Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) and Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain).

So urgent was their need that they built the Huoshenshan Hospital in just 10 days!

Fact #3 : Hot Drinks Won’t Prevent COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a respiratory virus, which means it primarily infects you through your respiratory system, and to a lesser extent – through your eyes.

Therefore, drinking hot water and drinks, even coffee or tea, has absolutely NO EFFECT on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Does Not Hang Around For 4 Days

After you inhale the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it will IMMEDIATELY infect and hijack your cells to replicate.

It takes a few days before it infects enough cells, and your body recognises and reacts to the threat, for symptoms to show.

But that doesn’t mean they are on a holiday in your nose, giving you four days to kill them with steam, before finally infecting you!

Fact #5 : Inhaling Steam Is Dangerous + Won’t Kill Virus

Inhaling steam will NOT weaken or kill any virus in your nose. Inhaling hot steam at 60°C to 70°C can cause burn damage to your nose.

In fact, Dr. Satyanarayana Mysore, the HOD of Pulmonology at Manipal Hospitals reported seeing many cases of scalded airways and worsening asthma due to steam inhalation in March, April and May 2020.

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Fact #6 : China Never Used Steaming To Cure COVID-19!

China succeeded in clamping down on the COVID-19 pandemic, by

  • strictly locking down entire towns or cities,
  • mandating physical distancing,
  • strictly require everyone to wear face masks in public,
  • giving healthcare workers N95 face masks and full PPE, and
  • mandating stringent hand hygiene practices.

Not once did the Chinese ever recommend, or even practice, the use of steam inhalation to treat COVID-19.

Fact #7 : Most People Recover From COVID-19

Approximately 80%-90% of people with COVID-19 will recover on their own, as their own immune systems learn to fight back against the virus.

Unless they develop severe COVID-19, there is no need for most people to be hospitalised and/or seek treatment.

That’s why many health authorities now ask people with mild COVID-19 to self-isolate, or stay in quarantine centres.

This is particularly true for countries that have vaccinated many of their people, because the vaccines prevent hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

Fact #8 : We Now Have COVID-19 Vaccines!

I have to point this out, because this viral video is still spreading, and people actually believe Sun FM’s fake video.

We have multiple COVID-19 vaccines that have been proven to protect us against hospitalisation and death.

Fully-vaccinated people generally have mild COVID-19 if they do get infected. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!


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