A glass sculpture entitled coronavirus ñ COVID-19 created by British artist Luke Jerram is seen at his studio in Bristol, southwest of England on March 17, 2020. Jerram has created a glass sculpture of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease in tribute to the huge global scientific and medical effort to combat the pandemic. Made of glass and at 23cm in diameter, it is 1 million times larger than the actual virus. (AFP / Adrian Dennis)

Debunks of novel coronavirus prevention, cures, treatments

The spread of the novel coronavirus and the Covid-19 disease that it causes has sparked an unprecedented wave of claims about how to prevent, treat and 'cure' both all over the globe. 

Here is a list of debunks that AFP FactCheck has made on these types of claims so far, starting with the most recent. 

- There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through fruits and vegetables. More here.

- South Africa hospital group did not find COVID-19 on fresh produce. More here.

- The World Health Organization (WHO) did not warn against eating cabbage during the novel coronavirus pandemic. More here.

- Mixing rum, bleach and fabric softener to make 'hand sanitizer' can be harmful to your health. More here.

- No evidence drinking tea can cure or relieve symptoms of COVID-19. More here.

- Eating garlic and onions does not prevent COVID-19. More here.

- Inhaling steam will not treat or cure a novel coronavirus infection. More here.

- Wet wipes not recommended for use as DIY coronavirus protection masks. More here.

- Bathing in hot water is not an effective remedy for COVID-19. More here.

- The juice of bitter gourd, a vegetable often used in traditional medicine in India, is not an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus. More here.

- Gargling with warm salt water or vinegar does not prevent the novel coronavirus infection. More here.

- Coughing or sneezing into an elbow does not kill the virus, it just prevents the spread of droplets. More here.

- White-colored tissues or handkerchiefs are not more effective in preventing virus transmission than other colors. More here.

- Drinking alcohol does not reduce the risk of a novel coronavirus infection. More here.

- Red-colored soap is not a more effective disinfectant than regular soap. More here.

- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are not an effective disinfectant. More here.

- Chlorine should not be applied directly to the body as a disinfectant. More here.

- Breathing in air from a hair dryer or in a sauna does not prevent or cure COVID-19. More here.

- Water used in an Islamic ablution ritual alone cannot kill the novel coronavirus. More here.

- Eating bananas does not prevent a coronavirus infection. More here.

- Smoking does not prevent people from getting infected with the novel coronavirus. More here

- It is misleading to compare COVID-19 to other longstanding diseases. More here

- Ancient medicinal herbs are not a novel coronavirus remedy. More here.

- Consuming boiled ginger does not cure novel coronavirus. More here.

- Consuming silver particles will not prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. More here.

- Drinking warm water with lemon does not prevent the novel coronavirus. More here

- Holding your breath for more than 10 seconds is not an effective test for the novel coronavirus. More here. 

- Drinking warm water regularly and often does not prevent the novel coronavirus. More here, here, here, here, here.

- Volcanic ash does not kill the novel coronavirus. More here.

- A runny nose is not a sign that you don't have the novel coronavirus. More here, here, here.

- How long the novel coronavirus can survive on various surfaces. More here. 

- There has been no vaccine developed for COVID-19. More here, here.

- Anti-malaria drug chloroquine phosphate has not been approved as a cure for COVID-19. More here, here.

- Going into the sun does not kill the novel coronavirus. More here, here

- Vitamin D has not been proven as an effective prevention against a  a novel coronavirus infection. More here.

- Cannabis has not been found to improve immunity against the novel coronavirus. More here.

- The novel coronavirus has not been found in chickens. More here, here, here

- Black people are not more resistant to the novel coronavirus. More here

- Chinese herbal medicine does not 'inhibit' the novel coronavirus. More here.

- 'Green chiretta' herb does not prevent the novel coronavirus. More here.

- Tinaspora crispa plants do not treat the novel coronavirus. More here.

- No evidence that specific foods like chicken or goat meat can transmit novel coronavirus. More here, here.

- Drinking boiled garlic water does not cure novel coronavirus. More here.

- The novel coronavirus does not come from rhino horn. More here.

- You cannot steam facemasks in order to reuse them. More here.

- The asafoetida herb cannot protect from the novel coronavirus. More here.

- Saline solution does not prevent infection from the novel coronavirus. More here.