Windhoek - The United States of America’s Namibia country director for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr Eric Dziuban, has warned the public against being compelled by myths of COVID-19 remedies.
The development follows trending social media information that suggests that remedies such as hot water and lemon, raw garlic, ginger and alcohol can be consumed to prevent or treat Covid-19 remedies on social media.
Speaking during the Ministry of Information Communication Technology (MICT) Covid-19 briefings last week, Dziuban said the virus can only be destroyed outside the body and prevented from spreading by washing hands with soap, the use of disinfectants and sanitisers.
“The virus is easy to kill when it is outside the body but, when it gets into one’s body, just like germs they get in as a small number but make our body a factory, they make billions more. Unless we have effective cure, we can’t wash them out of the body system. However, the body works to fight it using its immune system. Unfortunately, some people have bodies that are not able to clear out the virus,” said Dziuban.
“Of course, the use of hand sanitizers can prevent the spread of coronavirus because it has a certain percentage of alcohol. However, drinking alcohol or anything will not help with the Covid-19 once it has entered the body. Some people said drinking hot water with lemon could also help but that will also not make a difference. Once the virus is in your body and lungs, when you drink anything, it goes through your throat to your stomach. Therefore, the theory of things that help outside cannot help inside the body.”
He said there is no evidence that garlic can help in killing the virus and his department is working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to ensure that the correct information is effectively disseminated to the public.
The ministry’s executive director, Ben Nangombe, also concurred with Dziuban, adding that there are community engagement programmes from social, district, provincial and national level to ensure the correct information is disseminated to the public.
“Ever since the news of the virus started in the region, we brought together health personnel, influential people in society such as traditional and spiritual leaders and sensitised them about the virus as well as how to inform their communities,” said Nangombe.
Meanwhile, the country has a total of 16 cases of Covid-19.