Hyderabad: The COVID-19 pandemic has become an infodemic now as misinformation about the virus has grown rampant. Earlier, there had been cases of people dying after consuming industrial alcohol to prevent the novel coronavirus.      pressure cooker

Now, a video has gone viral on Twitter claiming that the steam from a pressure cooker will not only prevent COVID-19 but also cure it. In the video, a woman claims that the steam will kill the virus in our nose and throat and eradicate the coronavirus.

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Fact Check:

The claim is FALSE.

According to the guidelines of the World Health Organisation, heat at 56°C kills the SARS coronavirus at around 10,000 units per 15 minutes.

The average body temperature is 37°C and our body cannot tolerate heat beyond 41°C. It will start to shut down due to the excess heat.

The claim that the novel coronavirus is destroyed by steam is incorrect. More information on this can be found on Drbeen Medical Lectures YouTube channel.

Newsmeter also debunked similar kind of claim in July 2020, where we talked to Rakesh Mishra, director for Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, where he told us that He said, “Inhaling steam when one has respiratory illness, cough or cold will help reduce the severity of such symptoms, in general. However, this inhaling will provide only symptomatic relief. It does not mean that the infection caused by the Coronavirus is cured.”

Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Mounika Dasari

Mounika Dasari is currently working as a Freelance Fact checker at Newsmeter. She was also an independent contractor at Appen. She has previously worked with Manshuk Securities and Finance as a Derivative Trainee in Delhi. She has work experience of 18 months with Geojit Financial Services as an Equity Dealer in Hyderabad. She has certifications of NISM series V, NISM Series VII, and NISM Series VIII. Alumni from IILM Graduate School of Management in Finance, U.P. Alumni from FH-Dortmund University of applied science and arts in Managing Diverse Markets, Germany. Mounika loves to travel and has been to countries like Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland.

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