Drinking Warm Water Helps Prevent COVID-19 Infection. Is It A Myth Or A Fact?

Answered by: Dr Mohd Ramzdhan Bin Mohd Masdar
Updated on: May 9, 2020

Question:
Hello there. I am Rika. I have a question regarding a news that I came across regarding COVID-19 infection. My uncle told me that I should drink plenty of warm water because it will help to prevent COVID-19 infection. Is it true? I prefer cold water than warm water. Does it make any difference or it is just a rumour and a myth. Many thanks.
Answer:
Thank you for your question. Water has many benefits to human since a very long time ago. Nevertheless, can drinking warm water help to prevent COVID-19 infection?The answer is no. I will enlighten you with the answer through my writings.

By the end of 2019, we are shocked by this mysterious virus that has claimed hundreds of lives and has now reached thousands. This virus is still very new to know the causes, treatments and precautions. This mysterious virus which was known as Novel-Coronnavirus at the start and now goes by the name of COVID-19. Positive and death cases are being screened widely on television and radios. This data is shocking to the world's community and various measures and studies are being conducted. Scientists are working hard to create the vaccine to address the spread and complications of the COVID-19 virus from spreading across borders and continents quickly

Everyday ,not just scientists, people are beginning to look for preventive measures that can stop the spread of the virus. Malaysia is rich in earth like herbs that have many important nutrients. Therefore it does not come as a surprise that there are some ideas about the effectiveness of garlic water, bamboo leaves, and lemongrass in preventing the virus. It has not yet been holistically studied yet. There are also reports of warm water being able to kill germs that cause illness. This idea is reasonable because of the many benefits of warm water. However, is it true that warm water is able to kill the COVID-19 virus? We shall discuss it further. 

The public knows about the benefits of warm water to the body. It keeps the body hydrated and prevents the symptoms of constipation, beauties the hair to keep it moist and facilitates blood flow to the body. However, does it also work by killing the COVID-19 virus? According to epidemiologists in London, the practice of drinking warm water does not kill the virus. This is because infection in the body usually occurs when we are exposed to a high number of viruses. The human body is created with high resistance and will only be infected after the virus has multiplied in the body. Therefore, by drinking warm water and allowing water to flow into the gut to drain the virus into the stomach, it is unable to eliminate the virus in the body. In addition, the COVID-19 virus is not just in the throat or mouth. It can spread into the body through the nostrils and eyes. Therefore, the authorities advise the public not to touch the face after being exposed to the outside world or crowded areas. 

Some think that as soon as the COVID-19 virus enters the stomach, it will die and not spread. Naturally acid in the stomach has the ability to dissolve iron because of its extremely low pH. However, this does not mean that it can kill the COVID-19 virus in a flash. The MERS-CoV virus is a virus of the same group as COVID-19. According to the study, it can survive in the human stomach and can cause symptoms in the human gut. As well as the COVID-19 virus, there are cases where patients complain of pain in the abdomen and diarrhea. This suggests that the virus can still live in the human digestive system such as the stomach and intestines. In addition, COVID-19 patients have also been studied and 50% of them contain the virus. So, to answer the above question, is it true that drinking warm water can kill germs that cause infections? The answer is no.



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