Fact Check: Rinsing nose with salt water does not prevent Covid-19

Fact Check: Rinsing nose with salt water does not prevent Covid-19

As Nigeria and other countries across the world battle with Covid-19, there have also been concerted efforts to correct the upsurge of misinformation arising from the pandemic such as fake cures, conspiracy theories, etc.

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As the race to get cures and a vaccine continues around the world, a viral social media post has claimed that Covid-19 can be prevented by rising one's nose with salt water.

Claim: Rinsing your nose with salt water can prevent infection with Covid-19.

Fact: This claim is FALSE. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus, according to a statement by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The world health body states in a post via its official Facebook page on Sunday, July 26, that Covid-19 cannot be prevented by rinsing one's nose with salt water.

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Fact Check: Can you prevent Covid-19 by rinsing your nose with salt water?

Fact Check: You cannot prevent Covid-19 by rinsing your nose with salt water. Source: WHO
Source: Facebook

According to the WHO, the best way to prevent infection with Covid-19 is:

1. Regular handwashing

2. Covering the face with elbow when sneezing

3. Avoid touching the face

4. Keeping safe distance from one another

5. Staying home and staying safe

Fact Check: Can you prevent Covid-19 by rinsing your nose with salt water?

Fact Check: You cannot prevent Covid-19 by rinsing your nose with salt water. Source: WHO
Source: Facebook

The world health body advised everyone to keep safe by staying up to date with accurate information and be aware of misinformation on social media.

Earlier, Legit.ng debunked another viral claim that taking alcohol protects one against contracting Covid-19.

Taking alcohol DOES NOT protect against contracting Covid-19, according to the WHO. The global health organisation warned against taking alcohol especially with the belief that it will protect one against the coronavirus.

It further explained that it can, in fact, be dangerous to drink alcohol. According to WHO, taking alcohol can increase one's chances of having health issues.

“FACT: Drinking alcohol DOES NOT protect you against #COVID19 and can be dangerous,” WHO said.

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“Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems."

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Also, another viral claim that cooking neem leaf, pawpaw leaf, ginger, garlic, lime and orange is an effective treatment for Covid-19 has been debunked.

Covid-19 has no cure at the moment and efforts are still ongoing across the world to find solutions for the deadly infectious virus.

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