The Covid-19 Pandemic is the latest illness to be the subject of hoaxes, urban myths, and snake-oil salesmen. Many are easy to spot due to their ridiculous nature, such as the idea of drinking Bleach to combat Coronavirus (Just to be clear, you would cause huge internal damage and possible death if you did that), but some are less easy to spot as they've been cleverly constructed to play on your fears, emotions and preconceptions.
Here are somer found to be doing the rounds on social media:
Drinking water every 15 minutes.
The idea being that you would 'wash' the virus into the stomach where the stomach acid would kill it. This is typical of the pseudo-science of such stories. But the reality is that viruses do not move through the body that way. 0/10
Taking a hot bath.
Taking a hot bath will not change your core body temperature which remains between 36.5oC and 37oC. However, extreme cleanliness does help reduce the spread. 1/10
Drinking Bleach to help kill the infection.
NO, NO, NO! This is the most dangerous and ridiculous idea we've yet read. Bleach, in any of its forms or strengths, has no medicinal qualities whatsoever. Contact with the human body is extremely dangerous. 0/10
The use of colloidal silver was promoted on US televangelist Jim Bakker's show.
Religious interventions aside, there is no scientific basis for this at all. Likely to have caused the placebo effect in those that took it. 0/10
This is another classic myth technique or, if we're being charitable, misunderstanding of science. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that the body needs to keep in working order, but it cannot stop you becoming infected by the Covid-19 virus if you come into contact with it. sorry. 1/10
Lots of posts that recommend eating garlic to prevent infection are being shared on Facebook, and again, these have no basis in reality. Sure there will be some pseudoscience around it, and anecdotal 'evidence' of people claiming it works but again, this is not true. It may, however, protect against vampires. 0/10
This appeared on Reddit and was picked up by The Metro but it is unclear why anyone would think that snorting cocaine would cure Coronavirus. Perhaps it was spread by dealers to up sales during lockdown. who knows? But it has no effect on viruses. 0/10