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No scientific evidence to suggest that inhaling hot water steam can kill Coronavirus

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A video is being shared widely on social media with a claim that inhaling hot water steam kills coronavirus. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here

Claim: Inhaling hot water steam can kill coronavirus.

Fact: While hot water steam inhalation may provide some temporary relief for the symptoms in some cases like common cold and flu, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that it can kill coronavirus. Also, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) clarified the same. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.   

When searched on the internet, it was found that neither the World Health Organization nor the Indian Government has suggested any such measure. On some medical websites, it can read that steam inhalation may provide some temporary relief for the symptoms in some cases like common cold and flu. But there is no scientific evidence to suggest that inhaling hot water steam can kill coronavirus.

Also, when a similar message went viral, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has clarified that the message is ‘fake’.

To sum it up, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that inhaling hot water steam can kill coronavirus.

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