“Simple solution to corona virus revealed,” claims a message posted on Facebook in Nigeria.
“As deadly as Corona Virus is, it has been confirmed and tested that Palm oil can stop the spread of the virus.”
“Experts have advised, we drink two spoonful of palm oil every morning to avoid the continuous spread of the virus,” it says.
“Plz help share and spread this important message urgently to your families, friends and love ones. Your message can save millions of lives.”
The post has been shared more than 2,600 times, attracting nearly 400,000 views.
Does drinking palm oil stop the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease Covid-19?
No treatment or prevention yet – WHO
And in answer to the question, “Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for Covid-19?”, the WHO says: “Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicines against Covid-19. However, people, particularly those with serious illness, may need to be hospitalised so that they can receive life-saving treatment for complications.”
No, palm oil will not stop the coronavirus. – Mary Alexander
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