Does drinking lots of water help flush out COVID-19?
It is being said that we should always keep our mouth and throat wet and drink water every 15 minutes. The reasoning behind this is being given that by doing this the coronavirus goes into our body in the same way.
Therefore, by drinking water, the viruses from our esophagus will go down in our stomach and die from the acid produced in the stomach. It is more important for us to know what scientists and experts say about this.
The problem with this theory is that it is being claimed to kill the virus only by reaching the stomach. Even before the esophagus, the virus may have entered your body through your nose. If it is not so, the virus can enter through the eyes or through other paths. By touching the infected place or surface you will touch your eyes and the virus will infect you. Droplets released from coughing or sneezing of an infected person can also infect you through your breath.
The pH of acidic juices present in the stomach is between 1 to 3 (the scale of acidification), in which the virus is unlikely to die. In 2012, a virus pathogen from the Corona family came to Saudi Arabia. This virus had the power to resist against mild acids or acids present in the stomach. Scientists had found that the virus can easily attack intestinal cells by surviving in the stomach of patients.
It is not yet clear whether this will apply to this new coronavirus as well. Symptoms of diarrhea of the corona virus have also been reported. Chinese scientists have also described the digestive system to be the cause of diarrhea. A report in the past was also reported that the virus may also be present in the feces of corona infected patients.
Talk about stopping the risk of coronavirus infection by drinking water, so far there is no scientific confirmation. In a study similar to this, it was investigated whether gargling with water can prevent respiratory infections! A study about this method, which was extremely popular in Japan, found that people who gargle three times a day had a lower risk than those who did not. However, this study on a very small group does not apply to corona virus.
The habit of drinking water is good, this habit does not allow many stomach and skin related diseases, but it has not been scientifically confirmed in the case of preventing coronavirus infection. According to experts, it can be dangerous to believe this claim without any confirmation.