Coronavirus can be cured by sniffing clove and camphor and by drinking water, the virus will go to the stomach and the acid in the stomach will kill the virus.
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India have climbed to 134 with death toll across the world nearing the 8000-mark. In Italy, the death toll has crossed 2500 while India reported the third death with the passing away of a senior citizen in Maharashtra.
Amid the scare of coronavirus, a Tiktok video has been making rounds on Facebook and other social media platforms claiming that sniffing clove and camphor can cure novel coronavirus as clove and camphor contain substances which kill the deadly virus and it also claimed that by drinking lots of water, the virus will go to the stomach and the acid in stomach will kill the virus. ”
The Tiktok video by popular Tiktok star Bhavin Bhanushali garnered more than 32 lakh views and is liked by over 6 lakh users.
We found that several users on social media shared the viral claim on their respective handles. The claim was also sent by several readers to Newschecker’s WhatsApp helpline number for verification.
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As we began our fact check, we checked the World Health Organization’s (WHO) official website. The World Health Organization rubbished the viral claim in its COVID-19 myth buster page.
According to WHO, till date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials.
We also analyzed the viral claim on the official website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but did not find any information to corroborate. According to both WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most effective protective measures against the coronavirus are still frequent hand-washing, social distancing, avoiding touching your face, and practicing proper hygiene when you cough or sneeze.
To verify the viral claim, we also reached out to Dr. Mohammad Imran, who is an Ayurveda doctor. He said, “It is merely a rumor which has gone viral on social media .There is no scientific evidence which backs the claim that sniffing clove and camphor can cure coronavirus. However, natural camphor and clove does have certain health benefits as it can cure fungus and bacteria”.
Now, we began fact checking the other claim in the viral video, which states that drinking water will move the coronavirus into the stomach and then acid in the stomach will kill the virus. This claim was already debunked by us in the past.
The dreaded Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the spread of the disease has increased. Inspite of factual information being disseminated by WHO and various government organizations, fear inducing messages and graphics are doing the rounds on various social media platforms. – Does Gargling With Saline Water Prevent Deadly Coronavirus?
It is evident from our fact-check that the claim viral on Tiktok and other social media platforms is not true and is merely a rumor doing rounds on social media.
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