WHO advises on using hot peppers and garlic to treat COVID-19

WHO advises on using hot peppers and garlic to treat COVID-19

Garlic and peppers have many great benefits, but how true is it that they can help cure COVID-19? This is what the World Health Organisation has to say.

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As of today, over five-million people have died due to coronavirus-related illnesses. 

In South Africa alone, at least 89,000 people have also succumbed to the virus.

As a means of curbing the spread of the virus, different governments of the world have advised people to vaccinate. 

One of the things that is needed in fighting the virus is to develop a good immune system. 

Foods such as garlic and peppers are believed to help those suffering with the virus to heal, but how true is this?

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According to the World Health Organization, "hot peppers in your food, though very tasty, cannot prevent or cure COVID-19," reports the health site. 

When it comes to garlic, the site reports: "Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus."

Health officials say the best way to prevent the spread of the deadly virus is through vaccination and adhering to the COVID-19 safety tips. 

"The best way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is to keep at least 1 metre away from others and to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. It is also beneficial for your general health to maintain a balanced diet, stay well hydrated, exercise regularly and sleep well."

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