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HEALTH | MARCH 24, 2020:
At a time when the entire country continues to reel under Coronavirus fear, there is no known cure currently to prevent oneself from this deadly diseases. But unfortunately there has been a slew of health advice right from useless to relatively harmless claiming to be the cure for covid-19.
Here are few of the claims which are being shared;
Lots of posts that recommend eating garlic to prevent infection are being shared on Facebook.
The WHO (World Health Organization) says that while it is "a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties", there's no evidence that eating garlic can protect people from the new coronavirus.
In lots of cases, these kinds of remedies aren't harmful in themselves, as long as they aren't preventing you from following evidence-based medical advice. But they have the potential to be.
The South China Morning Post reported a story of a woman who had to receive hospital treatment for a severely inflamed throat after consuming 1.5kg of raw garlic.
We know, in general, that eating fruit and vegetables and drinking water can be good for staying healthy. However, there is no evidence specific foods will help fight this particular virus.