Fact Check: WHO has not approved home remedy for COVID-19, don’t fall for misinformation

A post about COVID-19 cure has gone viral on social media claiming that a student from Pondicherry University has found a home remedy for COVID-19 which has been accepted by World Health Organization (WHO). Social media users also claim that the usage of black pepper, honey, ginger would suppress the effect of coronavirus.

The Facebook caption read, “*A Good News*
Finally, an INDIAN student from PONDICHERRY University, named RAMU found a home remedy cure for Covid-19 which is for the very first time accepted by WHO.
– He proved that by adding 1 tablespoon of black pepper powder to 2 tablespoons of honey and some ginger juice for consecutive 5 days would suppress the effects of the corona. And eventually, go away 100%
– Entire world is starting to accept this remedy. Finally good news In 2020!!
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS INFORMATION TO ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.”

 

A similar post was seen on Twitter as well.


Other similar posts were seen here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be false and misleading.

Firstly we spoke to Mahesh, PR Officer from Pondicherry University, who stated that these social media claims are fake and misleading.

With the help of keywords search, we found an article on The Times of India dated July 16, 2020, claiming that turmeric, black pepper or any other home remedy to cure coronavirus disease is fake.

The same TOI article also claimed that there is no single cure for coronavirus disease.

We also found an article on WHO claiming that there are no pharmaceutical products that have been shown to be safe and effective for treatment of COVID-19 yet.

Further, we searched on Google about the usage of black pepper, honey and ginger for COVID-19 cure. And found that the World Health Organization provides a section for dealing with misinformation. There we found that black pepper or garlic cannot cure from coronavirus disease.

Moreover, we found some guidelines of Ayurveda’s immunity-boosting measures for self-care during COVID 19 crisis by Ministry of Ayush. The guidelines claimed that the usage of black pepper, ginger or honey is only for immunity boosting and not for cure.

Furthermore, WHO categorically stated that COVID- 19 can be prevented but cannot be cured by any home remedies.

Hence, with the help of above information WHO has not approved home remedy for COVID-19 cure.

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