Chinese Killing Coronavirus with Hot Steam Inhalation: Fact Check


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Chinese Killing Coronavirus with Hot Steam Inhalation

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Chinese Killing Coronavirus with Hot Steam Inhalation:

Translation from an Indian living in Wuhan
Chinese are not taking any medicine or any vaccine for Coronavirus. Every household has a Coronavirus case. They have stopped going to hospital for cure. They instead kill the virus with heat.

Very hot steam inhalation from kettle 4 times a day.
Hot gargles 4 times a day. Hot tea 4 times a day.

Virus dies in 4 days.
5th day they are Corona Negative.

Other Versions

A Chinese expert assures everybody that inhalation of a steam from hot water kills Corona virus 100 percent. Even if the virus entered the Nose, throat or Lungs. Corona virus can not stand the hot water steam.

Fact Check:

The message doing rounds on various social media platforms claims Chinese are not taking any medicine or vaccine for Coronavirus and Inhaling Hot Steam to Kill the Virus. The message, allegedly coming from an Indian in Wuhan says every household in China has a Coronavirus case and they stopped going to hospital for cure. To kill the virus, the message suggests inhaling very hot steam 4 times a day along with hot gargle and consuming hot tea. Consequently, the message claims, Coronavirus will die in 4 days and the infected will test negative on 5th day. No, the claims are not true and explained here.

Hot Steam Inhalation to Kill Coronavirus?

Inhaling steam can in fact help in reducing the discomfort from the respiratory symptoms like nasal congestion. However, it will not treat or cure the Coronavirus infection. In addition, doing so with ‘very hot steam’ involves the risk of burn injuries. No health organization suggested such treatment including consuming hot tea four times a day. In myth busters section, World Health Organization clarified one can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. WHO also mentions taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. It clarified the normal temperature of human body remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower.

Like the message suggests, inhaling very hot steam could be harmful to you. It can cause burns and other serious internal damage to your nose, lungs, eyes and face. Consuming hot tea 4 times a day is also not healthy. Like the message suggests, Chinese did not stop taking medicine or working on vaccine for Coronavirus. China is in fact working to find a drug and vaccine to cure COVID-19.

Origin of Claim

The message circulating on social media is in fact a LinkedIn post of Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry from Pakistan from around April 2020. While the user appears to have deleted the post later, he shared another similar post on steam inhalation around the same time. On the other hand, these false claims are doing rounds online in different versions since at least March 2020, some mentioning Chinese experts saying it.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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