With Covid-19 capturing the headlines day after day, DIY coronavirus cure claims are running rampant on social media. An article published in the news portal Viralmagazine.it suggests that drinking hot lemon tea can help cure Covid-19, and multiple Facebook posts assert the same.
According to a Reuters fact check, the lemon water claim is completely false. To quote a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson, “There are no specific treatments for COVID-19 and treatment is based on clinical presentation. Most cases are mild and self-limiting, and treated symptomatically”.
A Psychology Today feature suggests that while lemon water won’t necessarily fight viruses, it may boost your immune system. More importantly, drinking lemon water will help you calm down and soothe anxiety, as citrus scents are proven to be calming.
To protect ourselves from the new coronavirus, the WHO recommends the following:*
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.
- Maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.