Fact Check: Gargling with warm or salt water 'eliminate' the COVID-19

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A graphic is being shared online with a claim that gargling with warm water or salt water ‘eliminate’ the COVID-19 coronavirus from the throat of an infected person’s system.
“Coronavirus before it reaches the lungs it remains in the throat for four days and at this time the person begins to cough and have throat pains. If he drinks water a lot and gargling with warm water & salt or vinegar eliminates the virus. Spread this information because you can save someone with this information,” the text read.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be false as there is still no evidence to prove the above claim.
We checked the official website of WHO and on their myth-buster page found a post stating that “there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.”

We also found a report of GMA News, carrying a statement by Eric Domingo, Philippine Undersecretary for health. In a press conference, Eric Domingo said ” “I don’t think there is any evidence that it will kill a virus.”
“I think this is a home remedy that has been followed for many, many generations and I don’t think there’s going to be any harm in doing it. Saline gargle has always been advocated to improve mostly symptoms of sore throat, ”
he added.
Though there are reports suggesting that gargling with warm water or saltwater provide relief during a common cold, there is no evidence as of yet that the same is effective with COVID-19.
The above information proves that it is yet to be proven and hence the post is misleading.

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