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Several posts on Facebook and Twitter claim that Vietnam has had no deaths from Covid-19 due to the widespread consumption of hot lemon tea among the population. The claim is false: as of February 22, 2021, Vietnam has recorded 35 coronavirus deaths. Health experts said there was “no evidence” that hot lemon tea was an effective Covid-19 treatment.
The claim was posted here on Facebook on January 23, 2021.
Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post from January 19, 2021
The claim, translated from a mixture of Malay and English, reads: “* Happy and special news.
Covid-19 death in Vietnam nobody died …
“Great news .. Covid-19 virus cure has already received information from Vietnam ..
“The Covid-19 virus does not cause death. It is obvious that the recipe is simple but very effective.
“Only hot tea + lemon. Drink hot tea after mixing it with lemon juice. Can kill the Covid-19 virus immediately. And can completely remove the Covid-19 virus from the body. These two ingredients make the immune system naturally alkaline.
“Because when night comes, the immune system gets sour. The defense ability is also reduced.
“That’s why people in Vietnam only relax when the Covid-19 virus spreads …
“In Vietnam everyone drinks a glass of hot water with a little lemon at night …
“Because it has been shown to completely kill the Covid-19 virus …
“Share this magical recipe with anyone looking for rewards … This simple recipe is very effective as it will not get infected with the Covid-19 virus.
“With the permission of Allah SWT. … Have fun trying it out … *”
Similar claims have been shared here, here, and here as well.
The claim has also been shared more than 1,700 times by Indonesian social media users here and here on Facebook and here on Twitter.
However, the claim is wrong.
According to the country’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), Vietnam recorded 35 Covid-19 deaths on February 22, 2021.
Screenshot of the WHO website dated February 22, 2021
Hafizah Sobri of Medical Mythbusters Malaysia, a coalition of Malaysian health professionals who debunked medical myths on social media, told AFP there was “no evidence” that hot tea and lemon can treat someone infected with Covid-19.
“Hot tea and lemon will neither help you breathe nor restore your lost sense of smell and taste (symptoms that usually manifest themselves in people infected with Covid-19). In essence, hot tea and lemon can provide temporary sore throat relief, but it CANNOT treat or prevent Covid-19, “she said via email on February 22, 2021.” With the evidence we currently have, there are no home remedies / Treatments / ingredients that may prevent or treat the virus. “
Dr. Anuradha P. Radhakrishnan, an infectious disease doctor at Selayang Hospital in the Malaysian city of Batu Caves, told AFP via email on February 22, 2021, “So far, there is no home remedy with reliable effectiveness. All of these home remedies can do harm per se if not backed up with appropriate testing and eventual treatment and monitoring. It is therefore imperative that [the] The public pays attention to their symptoms and gets tested appropriately and in a timely manner to avoid late presentation. ”
AFP has debunked various other claims about Covid-19 cures and preventions such as: B. Drinking water with lemon, drinking tea, eating alkaline foods like lemon, and taking aspirin mixed with lemon juice and honey.