Did doctors in China kill the COVID-19 virus using warm or salt water?
Take a look at the viral message, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Doctors In China Killed COVID-19 Using Warm / Salt Water!
This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that doctors in China killed the COVID-19 virus using warm or salt water.
It’s a long post, so feel free to just skip to the next section for the facts!
Truth : Doctors In China Did Not Kill COVID-19 Using Warm / Salt Water!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about using warm water / salt water to cure COVID-19.
Fact #1 : Warm / Salt Water Cannot Cure COVID-19
The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 cannot be destroyed by warm water or salt water.
Therefore, drinking or gargling with warm water or salt water cannot cure or prevent COVID-19.
Fact #2 : No Hospital In China Has Advocated Warm / Salt Water
There is NO hospital in China that advocates drinking or gargling with warm water or salt water to cure or prevent COVID-19. This is complete nonsense.
Fact #3 : COVID-19 Virus Infects In Multiple Ways
The SARS-CoV-2 virus infects people through three principle ways :
- inhalation of respiratory droplets and aerosol particles,
- deposition of respiratory droplets and aerosol particles on exposed mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eye, and
- touching mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eye, with contaminated hands
Gargling or drinking warm or salt water cannot prevent infection through inhalation or deposition of respiratory droplets and aerosols.
Neither can it prevent infection through the touching of your mouth, nose or eye with contaminated hands.
Fact #4 : Salt Water Does Not Reduce Viral Load
An October 2021 study by Tiong et. al in Malaysia actually looked at the effectiveness of salt water gargle in directly destroying SARS-CoV-2.
The study found that salt water “did not show any reduction in viral load“, compared to commercial mouthwashes.
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Fact #5 : Warm Water Does Not Kill SARS-CoV-2
Studies have shown that it takes between 2.5 and 5 minutes to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 with a temperature of 70°C (158°F).
That’s scalding hot, certainly much hotter than human beings can drink. Sure, you sip water at that temperature, but it will cool off in your mouth and will not maintain the necessarily high temperature of 70°C (158°F) by the time it reaches your throat.
Even if you are crazy enough to try gargling or drinking hot water at 70°C (158°F) or higher, you will need to continuously do it for 2.5 to 5 minutes. Please do NOT try it, as it will scald and injure your mouth and throat.
In other words, the warm water that the fake message advocates will most definitely NOT kill the COVID-19 virus.
Fact #6 : SARS-CoV-2 Does Not Stay In Throat For 4 Days
The COVID-19 coronavirus infects you when you breathe in the viral particles, but your throat is NOT a filter for your respiratory system.
These viral particles or virion will NOT stop by the throat for a 4-day holiday before heading to your lungs.
So trying to “flush it down” or “flush it out by gargling” with warm water or salt water is NOT going to work.
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