There is no scientific evidence that eating garlic protects from the new Coronavirus.
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DUBAI – The Abu Dhabi government dispelled rumours that garlic can cure Coronavirus or Covid-19.
Posts have been circulating on social media regarding “miracle cures” for the virus that has killed more than 1,300 people and infected more than 60,000 others around the world, including eight in the UAE.
The Abu Dhabi government reminded the public that garlic is not a cure for Covid-19, the official name given to the latest strain of coronavirus.
“There is no scientific evidence that eating garlic protects from the Novel Coronavirus. But adhering to personal hygiene habits, such as washing your hands with soap and water constantly, can help prevent the disease,” health officials said in a social media announcement.
They echoed the statement by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which said on Twitter: “Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from 2019-nCoV.”
WHO also refuted rumours that gargling with mouthwash, putting sesame oil under the noise or nasal rinsing with saline water can prevent or kill the virus.
Posts from social media users also claimed that ginger tea or yoga could help cure the virus. Doctors said such misinformation could lead people to forget precautions against coronavirus.
“It would be great if these remedies would be effective against the coronavirus but unfortunately this is not so,” Dr. Galina Scerbacova, specialist paediatrician at GMC Clinics Dubai, told Expatmedia.net.
Currently, there is no known cure for coronavirus, which causes severe acute respiratory infection.
“There is no miracle cure [for coronavirus],” Dr Girish Juneja, specialist surgeon and bariatric centre director at Dubai’s Al Zahra Hospital, told Expatmedia.net.
Dr. Juneja said that ginger tea and yoga are only “general things to boost immunity for any disease, and nothing specific to coronavirus”.
He said that the best preventive measure is to “avoid congested places, use a mask and see a doctor at the earliest sign of flu-like symptoms”.
“If somebody is coughing or sneezing, give him or her a mask,” he added.
Governments around the world are scrambling to curb the spread of coronavirus as the WHO declared a global health emergency. ICA/Expat Media
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