A message claiming that eating raw onion along with organic salt or Sendha Salt can cure COVID-19 is going viral on social media.
Many users have shared a still image video with an audio conversation between two people used as narration. People can be heard discussing that this trick really works in 15 minutes.
The narrative in Hindu states: "सेंधा नमक के साथ कच्ची प्याज छीलकर खाने से 15 मिनिट बाद लोग पॉजिटिव से निगेटिव हो रहे हैं। खा लेने में भी क्या बुराई है आडियो सुने |"
"When peeled raw onion is eaten along with sendha or organic salt, COVID-19 positive people become negative in 15 minutes. Listen to the audio here, there is no harm," reads its English translation
This claim is viral on several social media platforms.
The claim that eating raw onions along with organic salt cures COVID-19 immediately is FALSE.
According to onions-usa.com, Onions — Nature's Ninja — are packed with nutrition and nutrients that not only help the body fend off heart conditions, disease, and cancers, but they can help maintain a healthy gut. Onions are particularly rich in prebiotics, which help increase the number of friendly bacteria in your gut to build immunity from viruses such as COVID-19, most recently known as the coronavirus.
Many studies have linked onion consumption with increased immunity, but the strain COVID-19 is so new that there have been no studies specific to onions and coronavirus. Read our onion expert's statement on onions and coronavirus.
According to a statement by Dr. Irwin L. Goldman, professor Department of the Horticulture University of Wisconsin-Madison for the National Onion Association, there is some evidence that the compounds found in onion may have anti-viral properties, and there are some published scientific studies that demonstrate some protective effects of onion compounds on the influenza virus. However, nothing is yet known on whether the compounds found in onion would have protective or inhibitory effects on COVID-19. It is important to consult a medical professional when considering options for prevention or treatment of serious diseases such as COVID-19.
A scientific publication in 'Journal of Bacteriology and Virology' titled `Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Thrombotic and Antiviral Substances from Onions could be an Option for the Treatment of COVID-19': A Hypothesis, by Walter Dorsch, Johannes Ring, states that whether COVID-19 induced lung diseases can be prevented or even treated with onion substances should be the subject of extensive clinical studies. Currently, we recommend clinical trials: Peeling 200 g raw yellow onions room temperature, cutting into small cubes, mixing with 80 g dextrose, squeezing, sieving after two hours, adding alcohol (final 10%), and drinking the daily dose of 100 ml in small portions.
Onions could help against the Coronavirus! As shown in numerous scientific studies (in vivo, in vitro, animal, and human studies), onions (Allium cepa L.) produce anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, and probably antiviral substances, which should be valuable for the initial treatment of patients with COVID-19. Modes of preparation and application are crucial. But this is just a 'hypothesis' and NOT proven.
These kinds of publications are NOT backed with substantial evidence. And depending only on raw onion with organic salt to cure serious infections like COVID-19 can be dangerous for a COVID-19 patient. Consulting a doctor and usage of medication along with a nutritious diet which can include onion and organic salt, will be only helpful.
According to the WHO, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019 yet. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands and maintain personal hygiene and social distancing.
Hence, the claim that eating raw onions along with organic salt cures COVID-19 immediately is FALSE.