- A health page on Facebook has been spreading its version of a cure for the coronavirus
- This can be achieved, in their opinion, by 'one bowl of freshly boiled garlic water'
- Briefly.co.za explores this claim to determine what the truth is
The coronavirus has people stressing about not only ways to prevent contracting the disease, but ways to cure it.
While the world attempts to meet the demand for a cure amid an international epidemic, social media has been abuzz with DIY recipes and tips.
One of these tips, circulated both on WhatsApp and Facebook, claims that garlic is the answer:
“Here is what you should do to protect yourself from the disease. The disease will not affect you. Your body will fight the disease. You should use garlic in your drinking water and in your food, add it while cooking, chew it all the time and use it all the time.”
In a previous fact check, Briefly.co.za debunked a claim that a vitamin D would act as a preventative measure against the virus as false.
This garlic claim falls under the same category, with the World Health Organization confirming that there currently is no vaccine, drug or treatment for Covid-19.
Africa Check reports director-general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus advised people to ignore misleading information on the outbreak:
“It’s normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially if you live in a country or community that has been affected. Find out what you can do in your community. Discuss how to stay safe with your workplace, school or place of worship."
With the virus hitting South Africa for the first time on Thursday, an influx of interest in the coronavirus can be expected.
Along with this influx of interest will come a wave of misinformation as citizens attempt to provide tips on how to avoid contact with the disease.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize urged South Africans to remain calm and trust information released by his department and other government sources.
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