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Garlic For Coronavirus: WHO Sets Record Straight

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been rapidly spreading across China, with the number of infections doubling every four days and confirmed cases are also starting to increase in other countries. With the growing figures, many people have been trying to find an effective treatment to fight the virus. 

One report recently gave hope to people in heavily affected areas and those trying to block the coronavirus. It stated that doctors discovered the health benefits of garlic could help cure the infection. 

The report that went viral on social media further claimed that boiling garlic and drinking the extract will treat the 2019-nCoV overnight. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there is no evidence proving the effect of garlic against coronavirus, India TV News reported Tuesday.

WHO said garlic offers various health benefits because of its antimicrobial properties. But it has no proven effects that can block or cure coronavirus.

The organization said research is still ongoing to find the first effective medicine against the infection. Patients currently receive only optimized supportive care to treat the illness.

Efforts To Prevent More Coronavirus Outbreak

WHO plans to hold a global research and innovation forum on Feb. 11-12 in Geneva to plan an international action against the 2019-nCoV. The event will gather scientists, public health agencies, ministries of health and research funders to discuss potential vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, among other efforts targeting the virus. 

"Harnessing the power of science is critical for bringing this outbreak under control," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. "There are questions we need answers to, and tools we need developed as quickly as possible. WHO is playing an important coordinating role by bringing the scientific community together to identify research priorities and accelerate progress."

The organization hopes the meeting would help set priorities and frameworks to guide future and wide efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. WHO aims to provide affordable access to vulnerable populations and improve community engagement.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government increased security and restrictions in and around Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. New measures include wider transportation lockdown, house-to-house temperature checks and mass confinements, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The decision comes after the coronavirus appeared spreading faster across the city and the country. The city’s death rate from the infection increased to 4.1 percent in the past week, significantly higher than the entire country’s rate of 0.17 percent.

garlic The World Health Organization (WHO) debunked a recent claim that garlic extract could help prevent or cure the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Pixabay

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