The novel coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – that originated in China last year has since spread to over 100 locations and is estimated to have infected over 140,000 people, over 5,000 of which have died.
There’s currently no treatments for COVID-19, but a new WhatsApp hoax message appears to claim otherwise. A user of the hugely popular chatting client recently shared an image of the message they received suggesting it can be treated with “freshly boiled garlic water”.
The message, that urges users to forward it to other friends and family members, reads:
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“Pass it please.
“Good news, Wuhan’s coronavirus can be cured by one bowl of freshly boiled garlic water.
“Old Chinese doctor has proven its efficiency. Many patients have also proven this to be effective. Eight (8) cloves of chopped garlic, add seven (7) cups of water and bring to boil.
“Eat and drink the boiled garlic water, overnight improvement and healing. Glad to share this.”
Of course, this is clearly a hoax message. There is no evidence to prove the suggested remedy actually works.
The NHS clearly states “there is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus” on its website.
Instead, the health body advises those showing symptoms – that include a high temperature and a new, continuous cough – to self-isolate.
It explains: “Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
“Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
“You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.”
Of course, WhatsApp advises against sharing or forwarding spam or hoax messages on the platform. Those that receive the aforementioned message related to the coronavirus are urged to delete it immediately.
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