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‘No Evidence,’ WHO Dispels Using Garlic, Saline To Prevent Coronavirus Infection

This picture taken on January 22, 2020 reveals staff producing facemasks at a manufacturing facility in Handan in China’s northern Hebei province. STR / AFP



The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday clarified the controversy over the varied preventive measures following the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In a collection of infographics on its Instagram web page, the United Nations well being company responded to the questions of stopping the killer illness by consuming garlic and utilizing saline answer amongst others.

Dispelling numerous rumours surrounding the 2019-nCoV, WHO stated there was no proof that coronavirus could possibly be prevented with such measures.

It famous that whereas garlic was a wholesome meals with some antimicrobial properties, no proof has proven that consuming the foundation crop might defend folks from coronavirus.

For these questioning if rinsing their nostril with saline might escape 2019-nCoV, WHO responded, “No.”

“There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus,” it stated.



The well being company, nevertheless, famous that “limited evidence” proved that commonly rinsing the nostril with saline might assist recuperate extra rapidly from the widespread chilly.

It added that gargling mouthwash, which was additionally one other safety measure trending on social media, doesn’t have any proof to show it might defend folks from an infection.

According to WHO, some manufacturers of mouthwash are able to eliminating sure microbes for a couple of minutes within the saliva within the mouth of a affected person.

It additionally stated thermal scanners might successfully detect individuals who have developed a fever however not sufferers contaminated with the coronavirus.

The company defined that it might take between two to 10 days earlier than contaminated individuals change into sick and develop a fever.

The new coronavirus was first reported within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan on December 31, 2019.

The first reported case outdoors China was within the Philippines.

As of February 3, 2020, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, revealed {that a} complete of 17,238 circumstances have been confirmed in China with 361 deaths recorded.

He added that 151 further circumstances have been confirmed outdoors China in 23 nations whereas one demise was reported from the Philippines on Sunday.

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