Rumor Buster: Do eating garlic, drinking alcohol help to prevent COVID-19?

2020-04-08 15:46:40Xinhua Editor : Gu Liping ECNS App Download
Special: Battle Against Novel Coronavirus

The increasingly complicated tussle between mankind and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown one of its most conspicuous side effect: triggering the viral circulation of such unscientific health advice that eating garlic and drinking alcohol could fend off the coronavirus.

Yet the World Health Organization (WHO) has debunked such wishful myths that alcohol and garlic could be "DIY home remedies" to ward off COVID-19 contagion on its official website.

Though describing garlic as "a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties," the WHO clarifies that there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the virus.

Rumor has it that drinking alcohol could kill germs of the novel coronavirus in your body. But the WHO busted the misconception, reiterating the common sense that frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of suffering health problems.

To get things right, the WHO has introduced a set of basic protective measures against the virus, which highlight social distancing and good personal hygiene habits, such as frequently washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

For physical distancing, it recommends that people keep a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from one another, especially from those who are coughing or sneezing.

Staying too close makes it possible for a person to breathe in the droplets from the coughs and sneezes of those infected with the virus, which has proved to be a main route of the virus transmission, the WHO warns.


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