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Fact Check: No, consuming raw onions and rock salt does not cure COVID-19 infection

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The claim that consumption of raw onions with rock salt can cure COVID-19 infection is a myth.  There is no scientific evidence to back the claim. 

In addition to the number of home remedies to cure COVID-19 infection, a message is being widely shared on social media platforms claiming that a person consuming raw onions with rock salt can cure the COVID-19 virus. 

Facebook users are sharing the image with some information written on it Hindi suggesting a person consuming this mixture would get COVID-19 test negative in 15 minutes. 

The same post is viral on Facebook and Twitter

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. There is no scientific evidence to prove that consumption of raw onions with rock salt could cure the COVID-19 virus. The Government of India and PIB called this homemade remedy a myth.

Firstly, we checked the treatments provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on its website and did not any such approved home remedy to cure the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, WHO has also not included any such a diet in the ‘Healthy Diet’ section. 

The fact-checking arm of the Press Information Bureau, PIB Fact Check also dismissed the claim in a tweet. The tweet reads, "In a viral post and audio on social media, it is being claimed that intake of rock salt with raw onion can cure coronavirus infection.  #PIBFactCheck:- This claim is fake. There is no scientific evidence that raw onion and rock salt intake can cure #COVID19."

'MyGov Corona Hub’ also called this home remedy a myth on their Facebook page.

In its report, The Indian Express quoted Dr. Mrinal Sircar, director, and head, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital Noida, saying,  “No it cannot. Please maintain social distancing, wear your mask and stay sanitized. Do not follow any such myth. In case you are infected, follow the line of treatment suggested to you by your doctor. This is not the correct time to perpetuate myths.”

Hence, the claim that consumption of raw onions with rock salt can cure COVID-19 infection is a myth. There is no scientific evidence to back the claim. 

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