No, gargling salt or vinegar water will not cure coronavirus

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Can Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, be cured by gargling salt or vinegar water? 

This is the claim in an image doing the rounds on social media. It says that before coronavirus reaches the lungs, it remains in the throat for four days. At this stage, the virus can be “eliminated” by gargling with warm water and salt or vinegar. 

But the advice is false. 

No cure yet for Covid-19

The World Health Organization has said that while some home remedies may give comfort and ease the symptoms of Covid-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. 

The WHO has debunked a similar claim that saline spray, a salt-water solution, could be used to prevent coronavirus infection.   

Always be cautious of social media posts offering tips or cures for the coronavirus. 

All advice should be confirmed by health experts. – Africa Check 


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