People are sharing a viral post claiming that the COVID-19 coronavirus can be eliminated by simply drinking water or gargling with water or vinegar.
The post is completely FALSE, and is yet another Internet hoax targeting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here are the facts!
COVID-19 Coronavirus Gargling Hoax : What Is It?
The viral fake advice on drinking water or gargling with water / vinegar to prevent the COVID-19 coronavirus goes like this :
The post and its information are COMPLETELY FALSE. Let’s take a look at the facts…
COVID-19 Coronavirus Gargling Hoax Debunked!
The COVID-19 coronavirus infects you when you breathe in the viral particles, but your throat is NOT a filter for your respiratory system.
These viral particles or virion will NOT stop by the throat for a 4-day sojourn before heading to your lungs. So trying to “flush it down” with water, or “flush it out by gargling” is NOT going to work.
Drinking very hot water (as some have suggested) isn’t going to help, because scalding your throat won’t eliminate the virus from your upper respiratory system.
Even the WHO has pointed out that rinsing your nose with saline (salt water) will not eliminate the coronavirus. So there goes the advice on flushing the coronavirus with salt water…
More importantly, why focus on complicated methods like drinking hot water and gargling with salt water or vinegar, when there is a MUCH EASIER and PROVEN method?
If you avoid infecting yourself by washing your hands before touching your nose, mouth and eyes, there is no need to “flush” the virus down or out.
Do the smart thing – WASH YOUR HANDS!
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
- Thoroughly cook your food, and boil water before drinking
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