More than 143 million people worldwide have been infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the causative agent of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – and more than 3 million people lost their lives.
In the midst of this, people are searching for ways to protect themselves from the deadly virus, and an allegation is circling social media that says inhaling steam can kill the coronavirus.
But according to a Reuters report, Steam is not recommended as a treatment for coronavirus by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).
A CDC representative previously told Reuters he was not aware of any scientific studies showing that steam therapy helps with the coronavirus.
Steam inhalation has been used as a home remedy for colds and upper respiratory infections.
But scientific studies have shown that it has few proven benefits and can lead to serious unwanted side effects such as burns.
“The usual technique of covering your head with a towel over a pan filled with hot water is dangerous due to the steam, hot liquid or even potential contact with the container,” warned a study by the Spanish Association. of pediatrics.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital has reissued a warning about the risks associated with inhaling steam.
While inhaling steam won’t cure a deadly infection like COVID, it can help you feel much better as your body battles it.
(With contributions from agencies)