The Ebola outbreak of 2019 has been termed a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO after over 1,550 deaths were registered. The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a viral haemorrhagic fever, spread through direct contact with infected animals or people. Although medical response in the African region has been expedited, many factors such as militant interference, inaccessibility and lack of awareness have stymied relief work. The spread of misinformation also prevents people from seeking prompt medical attention. Although the disease is not endemic in India, quacks have been coming out of the woodwork with “home remedies for Ebola.” One such remedy is an immune-boosting mixture of ginger, honey, garlic, onion and vinegar that strengthens your immune system and “cures” Ebola. Fast Facts About Ebola Virus Disease (EDV).
Firstly, we are still far away from finding a so-called cure for Ebola. Herbs like ginger, garlic, honey, onion and vinegar have antimicrobial properties. Consuming the mixture every day can boost your immune health. However, it can neither protect against Ebola nor cure the disease.
Other dubious “remedies” of Ebola include eating raw onions with coffee, consuming bark of certain trees, having condensed milk or hot chocolate, etc. Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Vaccines & Prevention of the Viral Disease.
Some internet forwards also recommend consuming large amounts of salt, turmeric root and even alcohol for curing Ebola. There’s also an Ebola kit made by a leading Indian Ayurvedic company that claims to prevent the disease. But none has been scientifically verified.
Ebola is a complicated illness. The only way to tackle the infection is through supportive measures. Providing fluids, replacing lost electrolytes, giving oxygen therapy, using medication to support life functions and treating infections are the only methods to manage the infection. It’s impossible to manage Ebola symptoms at home without medical attention. A patient’s chances of survival are much higher if he or she is at a treatment centre.