Home Remedies and Quackery
Misinformation has proliferated online about home and traditional remedies.
A liquid made with honeysuckle and flowering plants used in traditional medicine was initially claimed to “inhibit” the virus, sparking frenzied buying in China.
But Chinese state media later sounded a more cautionary note, as researchers warned of potential side effects.
In India, where there are three reported confirmed cases, the government has touted ancient homeopathy and Ayurveda remedies as the answer.
The jury is out on the effectiveness, and doctors still recommended that patients be treated in a hospital.
Online posts erroneously identified saline as a coronavirus killer in Australia, while in Thailand social media suggested antiseptic should be sprayed in a person’s mouth.
The antiseptic brand Betadine has refuted the claim.
by Dene-Hern CHEN and Catherine LAI