VERIFY: Viral post says gargling water will prevent coronavirus; Our experts say false

Post Date: 
2020-04-30
Source: 
WUSA (Via WTHR)

As the latest strain of the coronavirus continues to spread, it's put a lot of people on edge. For that reason, many have been quick to believe online posts providing a miracle cure for the virus.

The viral post claims that coronavirus "remains in the throat for four days," before it heads to the lungs. The post then urges people to take the following actions:

"If he drinks water a lot and gargling with warm water and salt or vinegar eliminates the virus."

The post then asks people to spread the post, "because you can save someone."

To find the truth, the Verify team reached out to Dr. Larry William Chang from the Johns Hopkins University.

"There's no evidence of that whatsoever," he said.