Avoiding Fake Coronavirus Health Advice Online – 7 Things You Need to Know

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6. Drinking water every 15 minutes

We have a basic and fundamental understanding that drinking water and staying hydrated is generally good medical advice but an idea has permeated the internet as of late, that drinking water every 15 minutes will flush out any virus and send it to your gut to be destroyed by our stomach acid.

One Facebook post cites a “Japanese doctor” making this claim. This post has went, pardon the pun, viral, being copied pasted and shared multiple times. The Arabic version of this story has been shared more than 250,000 times.

However, this claim has been widely debunked and in some cases ridiculed by health professionals. Professor Trudie Lang at the University of Oxford says there is “no biological mechanism” that would support the idea that you can just wash a respiratory virus down into your stomach and kill it.

Whilst Kalpana Sabapathy, a clinical epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine laughs off such ideas, saying “This is just so simplistic, I can’t even get my head around it.”

Infections like coronaviruses enter the body via the respiratory tract when you breathe in. Some of them might go into your mouth, but even constantly drinking water isn’t going to prevent you from catching the virus.

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  1. Re: Homemade sanitiser: You can use vodka, but it must be over-proof (151 or 75.5% alcohol)
    Use : 2/3 c. overproof vodka (or 60+% rubbing alcohol) and 1/3 c. aloe vera gel or veg.based glycerin
    (I mix the two for the 1/3 cup).

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