Fact Check: No, Having Raw Onions With Salt Won’t Give Negative COVID-19 Result In 15 Minutes

Amidst a surge of coronavirus cases in India, misinformation related to COVID-19 is also spreading like wildfire on social media.

A post accompanied by audio claiming that consuming onion and salt will turn coronavirus positive patients to negative in just 15 minutes is being widely shared on the internet. 

The post was shared on Facebook with a caption whose translation reads, “People are becoming positive and negative in just 15 minutes after eating raw onion peeled with red salt? What is wrong with eating, listen to the audio.”

(Original caption: सेंधा नमक के साथ कच्ची प्याज छीलकर खाने से 15 मिनिट बाद लोग पॉजिटिव से निगेटिव हो रहे हैं? खा लेने में भी क्या बुराई है आडियो सुने) 

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NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post and found that it to be misleading. 

We started our investigation by looking for information on World Health Organization’s website and didn’t find any mention of the same. Although, WHO has asked people to stay cautious while considering ‘traditional’ or home remedies as a treatment for COVID-19.

Also, as per the National Onion Association of USA, there is no scientific evidence that a cut raw onion absorbs germs or rids the air of toxins.

According to Health Desk, a COVID-19 resource for journalists powered by public health experts, “Onions are also known to have some antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities, but studies are limited. To date, there are no studies that evaluate onions as a therapy for COVID-19, and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that onions will prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19.”

Therefore, the claim that eating raw onions and salt can cure one of COVID is misleading, there is no evidence or study to prove the claim.

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