Disinfo: Coronavirus can be cured with saline in 4 days

Summary

A new method is proposed for the prevention of coronavirus infection; the virus can be killed in 4 days. In the first few days, even before the infection takes root in your respiratory system, you can fight the disease using saline.

Disproof

There is no evidence to support this statement. At the moment, there is no cure against this strain of coronavirus. 

The World Health Organisation emphasises that "there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus ... regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections."

Read a similar case claiming that Russia has found a way to treat coronavirus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, WHO
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The West is attacking Russia on coronavirus

The Western world is once more attacking Russia by taking advantage of the new coronavirus. […] The EU is attempting to shift the blame to Russia and China in order to cover its own inefficiencies in combating the coronavirus outbreak. The EU and the European governments have been in a state of paralysis as far as it concerns the way they tackled the virus so far and they prefer to shift the blame to other countries, such as Russia and China.

Disproof

This is an unfounded narrative promoted by the Kremlin to highlight that the EU has been incapable in making common decisions and reaching common solutions to the coronavirus outbreak. This news article is ignoring certain initiatives by EU institutions such as the decisions made by the Eurogroup on a common economic policy response and the European Commission on closing temporarily the EU borders for 30 days to protect health but also the announcement made by the European Central Bank (ECB) to launch a 750 billion euros Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) to help the public and the private sector. See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

Pentagon-funded biological laboratories involved in creation of Coronavirus

Officials and media outlets have doubts about Pentagon-funded biological laboratories. American laboratories can be involved in creation of Coronavirus.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially in a laboratory as a weapon of mass destruction. A group of public health scientists have condemned rumours and conspiracy theories about the origin of coronavirus outbreak. "We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.The authors of The Lancet statement note that scientists from several countries who have studied SARS-CoV-2 “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans.

Coronavirus was developed in a laboratory; it has HIV inserts

In India [researchers] have decoded the coronavirus genome. What did they find? On the surface [of the virus] there is a protein, a glycoprotein, and there are four HIV inserts. This is key. (…) It could not have happened naturally. These inserts could only be created in a laboratory.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon. A recent analysis of the genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus found no evidence that it was developed artificially in a lab or otherwise engineered. The virus comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally with over 14,000 deaths by 23 March 2020. Cases have been reported in 190 countries, territories and areas.