8. Chloroquine


Chloroquine is a potent drug used to treat lupus, malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases. In February, researchers showed that the drug could reduce coronavirus infection of human cells grown in a lab.

A few small studies have been reported, but they have been inconclusive. Some research even suggests that the treatment could be harmful to those already infected with COVID-19.

In March, a couple ingested chloroquine phosphate, which is used to clean aquariums. This resulted in the death of one of them. Chloroquine phosphate is a different compound than chloroquine and should not be ingested.

In treatment guidelines released on April 21, the US National Institutes of Health stated that there is not enough data to recommend either for or against the use of chloroquine in people with COVID-19.

7. Tea

Drinking Hot Tea

A viral message on social media platforms has supposedly originated from Li Wenliang, the Wuhan whistleblower doctor who eventually died from COVID-19. The message stated that the chemicals methylxanthine, theobromine, and theophylline help fight COVID-19. It further claimed that these chemicals are in tea, and therefore you should drink tea three times a day.

While tea may hydrate you and help you feel better, it will not protect you from COVID-19.

6. Distilled White Vinegar


Social media posts have claimed that distilled white vinegar can kill the virus if you gargle it or use it to clean. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can gargle to kill the virus. And furthermore, distilled white vinegar cannot be used to actually kill the coronavirus on surfaces.

Related: How COVID-19 Can Spread at a Restaurant


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