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WHO has not approved any home remedy by an Indian student to cure COVID-19

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A message is being circulated on social media claiming that an ex-student of St. Xavier’s High School in Mumbai recently found a home remedy to cure the COVID-19. This post claims that this is the first home remedy that is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the message, this home remedy was prepared using a mixture of one teaspoon of pepper powder, two teaspoons of honey, and a little ginger juice. The post also states that this mixture can suppress the COVID-19 to 100% if it is consumed for five consecutive days. Let’s verify the claim made in the post. 

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: WHO approved a home remedy found by an ex-student of St. Xavier’s High School in Mumbai.

Fact:  There is no authentic information that proves an Indian student from St. Xavier’s High School in Mumbai, found a cure for the COVID-19 and that this cure was accepted by the WHO. Apart from vaccination, WHO has not approved any medicine or home remedy to cure COVID-19. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When we searched to check if any Indian student from St. Xavier’s High School in Mumbai has found a cure for COVID-19, we could not find any news articles or any other credible source reporting the same. If WHO approves such a home remedy to cure COVID-19, several media outlets would have reported the same.

Regarding the cure mentioned in the post, many news reports mentioned that the mixture (Pepper powder + Honey + Ginger juice) is a good remedy for cold, cough, and to boost immunity. Those reports can be seen herehere, and here. But none of these reports claimed it as the remedy to cure COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has debunked some myths that are being spread around COVID-19. One of the myths debunked by WHO states that including hot pepper powder (one of the ingredients mentioned in the post) in food cannot cure or prevent COVID-19.

As of 18 February 2021, WHO approved at least seven vaccines for COVID-19 across the world. Apart from vaccination, WHO has not approved any medicine to cure COVID-19. The Mythbusters section on the WHO website states that ‘To date, there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the COVID-19′.

Earlier, when a similar message was shared with a narrative of WHO approving the home remedy by a Pondicherry university student, FACTLY published a fact-check article on it. It can be read here.

To sum it up, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not accepted any COVID-19 home remedy found by an Indian student.

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