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.
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.