Did Dr. Li Wenliang discover coffee as a cure for COVID-19? Find out why coffee is the latest miracle cure, and what the facts really are!
Did Dr. Li Wenliang Discover Coffee As COVID-19 Cure?
Dr. Li Wen Liang is being credited for discovering coffee as a cure for COVID-19. Here’s the new claim going viral on social media :
Coffee As COVID-19 Cure : What Are The Facts?
The Chinese are also not serving patients 3 cups of coffee a day, to cure or prevent COVID-19 infections.
Reason #1 : There Is No Such CNN News Report
A quick check of the CNN website and Google reveals that CNN never once claimed that Dr. Li Wenliang proposed coffee as a cure, or that the Chinese were using coffee to cure or prevent COVID-19 infections.
Reason #2 : Dr. Li Wenliang Was An Ophthalmologist!
Dr. Li Wenliang was an ophthalmologist, treating eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and the like. Not viruses like COVID-19.
His role in this COVID-19 tragedy was raising the alarm first set off by ER doctor, Dr. Ai Fen, who shared a patient’s report with her former classmates and colleagues.
Reason #3 : Methylxanthines Are Found In Chocolate, Coffee & Tea
Methylxanthines (or methylated xanthines) are chemicals that include caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. They are found not only in coffee, but also tea and coffee.
Theophylline is predominant in tea, while theobromine is abundant in chocolate, and caffeine is the main methylxanthine in coffee.
If methylxanthines can really prevent COVID-19, why didn’t the writer suggest eating chocolate and drinking both coffee and tea for maximum effect?
Fact #4 : Coffee Cannot Cure / Prevent COVID-19
If coffee can prevent COVID-19, countries with high coffee consumption would see far fewer cases.
Yet the top 5 consumers of coffee in the world – Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – have 58 times more infections per capita than China, which doesn’t consume all that much coffee.
In other words, drinking coffee appears to make people 58X more likely to get infected by COVID-19! Of course, correlation does NOT mean causation, but obviously, drinking coffee won’t prevent COVID-19.
Fact #5 : There Is Currently No Cure For COVID-19
As of 12 June 2020, there is no known cure or treatment for COVID-19.
The US FDA even issued a statement, reiterating that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.”
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
- Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation
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