Will Sipping Water Every 15 Minutes Prevent a Coronavirus Infection?
This “serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases” is not all that excellent.
- PUBLISHED 11 MARCH 2020
Taking a few sips of water every 15 mins will prevent the new coronavirus from entering your windpipe and lungs.
Inaccurate messages about the new coronavirus are spreading and mutating online. One frequently copied and pasted bit of text that has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp purports to impart “serious excellent advice” from “Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases.”
That “advice” asserts regular sips of water can prevent the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, from entering the respiratory system:
SERIOUS EXCELLENT ADVICE by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases. Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat is moist, never DRY. Take a few sips of water every 15 mins at least. WHY? Even if the virus gets into your mouth … drinking water or other liquids will WASH them down through your oesophagus and into the stomach. Once there in tummy … your stomach ACID will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly … the virus can enter your windpipes and into the LUNGS. That’s very dangerous.
The “serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors” text is often combined with other viral coronavirus claims including a paragraph about a “self-check” attributed to “Taiwan experts,” and a set of recommendations that begins with a claim about differentiating between a cold and COVID-19. Snopes addressed the “Taiwan experts self-check” claim here and addressed the list of tips that begins with a dubious method of distinguishing a cold from COVID-19 here. This article deals only with the claim regarding sipping water every 15 minutes.
Water Will Not Prevent the Coronavirus from Entering Your Lungs
It is true that COVID-19 infects the respiratory system by directly entering the body through the mouth or nose. This fact is central to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face. The assertion in this viral “advice,” however, is that if the virus were already in your mouth, water would help wash it away. Though medical officials recommend drinking water during any infection, no evidence exists to support the notion that sipping water prevents a virus from infecting the respiratory system.
Drinking more water, while good for your overall health, will not keep anyone from catching the coronavirus, according to Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases expert at Vanderbilt University. Schaffner told The Associated Press, “We always caution anyone healthy and people who are sick to keep up fluid intake and keep mucus membranes moist.” He also said: “It makes you feel better; there is no clear indication that it directly protects you against complications.”
Dr. Susan Wootton, an infectious disease expert at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, agreed with that assessment, telling KHOU that no data exist to support the claim that sipping water will prevent infection by transporting it to the stomach.
Because no evidence supports the claim, we rank the notion that sipping water regularly prevents COVID-19 infection as “False.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjBsFbp_hrUa talk by Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology who I think
has loads of locus standi.
I find that in life, myths and myth-busts are equally
not quite airtight under intense scrutiny. Often
simplistic reasoning is used while on the other hand
myth-busts often rely on the sheer
“belief-in-authority” assertion by some white-coated
male or female with a string of initials following
their name. Here we have two individuals who are
“senior scholars”. Do they have locus standi?
Ancient seafarers were often dismissed for reporting
monster waves at sea which sunk their ships … until
Until recently, all lightning only occurred between the
clouds and the earth or just between clouds … until
… a glider flying higher than the clouds was hit and
managed to survive. Meet megalightning. More powerful
and occurs between space and the clouds. And guess
what? There is more than one variety of megalightning.
This truly is the thunderbolt of the gods.
“In the 1920s, the Scottish physicist C.T.R. Wilson
predicted that electrical breakdown should occur in
the atmosphere high above large thunderstorms.
In ensuing decades, high altitude electrical
discharges were reported by aircraft pilots and
DISCOUNTED by meteorologists until the first direct
visual evidence was documented in 1989” “The global
rate of TLE occurrence has been estimated from
satellite (FORMOSAT-2) observations to be several
million events per year.” — Wikipedia
Hey, this has been occurring ever since the earth
formed and dinusaurs roamed but only discovered in
1989. 1989. Wow.
They used to call this megalightning. Now it is a
sanitary Transcient Luminous Event.
Introducing Ignaz Semmelweis.
“Despite various publications of results where hand
washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis’s
observations conflicted with the established
scientific and medical opinions of the time and his
ideas were rejected by the medical community.
Semmelweis could offer no acceptable scientific
explanation for his findings, and some doctors were
offended at the suggestion that they should wash
their hands and mocked him for it. In 1865, the
increasingly outspoken Semmelweis supposedly
suffered a nervous breakdown and was committed to an
asylum by his colleague. He died a mere 14 days
later, at the age of 47, after being beaten by the
guards, from a gangrenous wound on his right hand
which might have been caused by the beating.
Semmelweis’s practice earned widespread acceptance
only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur
confirmed the germ theory, and Joseph Lister, acting
on the French microbiologist’s research, practised
and operated using hygienic methods, with great
success.”. — Wikipedia
Here there is documented evidence and yet see what
happened. Too late now for the Nobel Wira award.
For those on both sides of the Vaccine divide, watch
this until the finish and then decide.
by Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology who I think
has loads of locus standi.
So when you listen to claims by Health Ministers,
doctors and senior scholars, ask what their reasoning
is. Always challenge claims. That is the scientific
Is herd immunity really absolute? Guaranteed?
This diatribe is intended for those who regularly
switch on their brains and can afford to think. The
rest can just ask Siri.
I agree with Professor Purcell. You need your immune
system to do the job. This is what God intended. You
are constantly bathed in a cloud of pathogens. You just
never see your bodyguards at work. Keep them healthy so
they can keep you healthy. When the doctor sews up your
wound, it is the body who seals it up and reestablishes
the blood flow and mops up the waste, not the doctor.
So, be your own myth-buster and myth-buster-buster.
Always keep an open mind and when in doubt,
apply the Kalama Sutta.
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