Amid a surge in novel coronavirus cases in India, there is an outbreak of fake news. In recent, a claim going viral on social media platforms, including Facebook and Whatsapp, suggested that having raw red onions and pink salt (sendha namak) can cure covid-19. COVID-19 Fact Check Series: From 'COVID-19 Only Affects Non-Vegetarians' to 'Bananas Prevent Coronavirus Infection', 5 Fake Social Media Messages That Have Returned from 2020.
"If one eats peeled raw onion (red) with rock salt, people will turn negative from positive after 15 minutes. Listen to it, there is no harm in eating it," the claim said. The claim was also shared in form of an audio file. Look for Hair from 'Bal Kand' of Ramayana and Drink Its Water to 'Cure' Coronavirus? Here's a Fact Check Behind Viral Tweets Suggesting COVID-19 'Solution'.
Debunking the fake news, PIB's fact check Twitter handle said that the claim is fake. "There is no scientific evidence that raw onion and rock salt can be used used as therapy/cure for COVID-19," it added.
PIB Fact Check Tweet:
सोशल मीडिया पर एक वायरल पोस्ट और ऑडियो में कच्चे प्याज के साथ सेंधा नमक के सेवन से #कोरोना_वायरस से ठीक होने का दावा किया जा रहा है।#PIBFactCheck:- यह दावा #फर्जी है। इसका कोई वैज्ञानिक प्रमाण नहीं है कि कच्चे प्याज और सेंधा नमक के सेवन से #COVID19 का ईलाज किया जा सकता है। pic.twitter.com/Jk9YPfawVT
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 21, 2021
Therefore, the claim that eating raw red onions and pink salt can cure coronavirus is false. There is no evidence or study to prove that claim. A similar claim also went viral in 2020.
Raw Red Onions and Pink Salt Can Cure COVID-19
The claim that eating raw red onions and pink salt can cure coronavirus is false. There is no evidence or study to prove that claim.
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