Coronavirus home remedies: separating fact from fiction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fears about the coronavirus have many of us looking for more information, which includes natural remedies and preventative measures.

But be careful of where you get some of that information.

FOX13’s Winnie Wright found out the four pieces of health advice you’ve probably read but should ignore, some of these are pretty scary.

Some people have gone so far as to drink a bunch of chemicals, that when combined, turn in to bleach.

YouTuber Jordan Sather has hundreds of thousands of followers across all social media channels.

That’s where he pushes coronavirus myth number one.

It’s called “Miracle Mineral Supplement” or MMS for short, and he claims it can “wipe out” coronavirus.

However, the FDA said, when you mix these chemicals together, they turn into bleach.

The agency strongly urges people not to buy or consume these products, as they aren’t proven to have any effects on coronavirus but are proven to make people sick.

You may have heard garlic can keep mosquitos away.

Right now, Facebook posts circulate that eating garlic will prevent the spread of infection.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties.

However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

The same is true for when you drink water.

While it’s suggested that we drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day, coronavirus enters the body when it is breathed in, which means drinking water isn’t going to protect you from catching the virus.

Finally, what about those homemade hand sanitizers you’ve seen online?

Several areas report hand sanitizer shortages, and sales of hand sanitizers in the U.S. were up 73 percent in the four weeks that ended Feb. 22, compared to the same period a year ago, according to market research firm Nielsen.

WHO said it takes very specific ingredients to make hand sanitizers that are actually effective.

Want to make your own? Visit the WHO’s website.