‘No Evidence,’ WHO Dispels Using Garlic, Saline To Prevent Coronavirus Infection

This photo taken on January 22, 2020 shows workers producing facemasks at a factory in Handan in China’s northern Hebei province. STR / AFP

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday clarified the controversy over the various preventive measures following the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In a series of infographics on its Instagram page, the United Nations health agency responded to the questions of preventing the killer disease by eating garlic and using saline solution among others.

Dispelling various rumours surrounding the 2019-nCoV, WHO said there was no evidence that coronavirus could be prevented with such measures.

It noted that while garlic was a healthy food with some antimicrobial properties, no proof has shown that eating the root crop could protect people from coronavirus.

For those wondering if rinsing their nose with saline could escape 2019-nCoV, WHO responded, “No.”

“There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus,” it said.