Disinfo: Zinc could help kill coronavirus

Summary

Food products that contain large amounts of zinc are necessary to activate the so-called killer cells in the body, these cells are tasked with killing other cells infected with the virus (coronavirus).

Disproof

There is no medical evidence to support the claim that zinc could help against catching the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Zinc is a nutrient that helps your immune system fight off infection. Too much of zinc is toxic and may cause copper deficiency, anaemia and damage to the nervous system. 

While common colds can be a result of a coronavirus, they're usually caused by a rhinovirus. Rhinoviruses are family of viruses that are associated with upper respiratory tract infections.

Thus, zinc can be helpful in warding off symptoms of illnesses usually caused by rhinoviruses. But, that doesn't necessarily mean that zinc is effective against COVID-19 -- in fact, no studies have been performed testing a link between the two. 

According to the “European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control”, the best way to protect yourself is “to avoid touching your face with unwashed hands”, The World Health Organization’s advice on limiting the risk of infection includes coughing and sneezing into a tissue and avoiding close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.

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  • Reported in: Issue191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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Disproof

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Disproof

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