False posts misrepresenting German study claim gargling with salt water kills coronavirus

Published on 14/01/2023 at 06:37

Multiple social media posts falsely claim German researchers have confirmed gargling with salt water kills the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. But AFP found no such study. A scientist who led a similar study in 2020 -- which found certain commercial mouthwashes could reduce the risk of virus transmission -- said mouthwashes are ineffective in treating Covid-19. There is no scientific evidence that salt water gargling can prevent or treat Covid-19, according to health experts.