The acid in lemon juice will not kill coronaviruses in your body.
Consuming acidic drinks like lemon juice has no effect on coronavirus infections. Viral infections spread in your body when viruses enter your cells and make copies of themselves and then those copies enter new cells and repeat the process. Lemon juice will not destroy viruses in your body or stop the copying process.Lemons contain vitamin C, an essential nutrient that is important for your overall health. However, there is no evidence that lemons or dietary supplements containing vitamin C can “boost” or “supercharge” your immune system to protect you from infections.
Raising the pH in lemon juice by mixing it with baking soda will not stop a COVID-19 infection.
Adding baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to lemon juice to make the drink less acidic does not change its effect on the novel coronavirus. As with regular lemon juice, lemon juice that is more alkaline after being mixed with baking soda will not destroy viruses in your body or stop the virus-copying process.
Drinking the juice hot, with or without baking soda, also will not prevent you from getting COVID-19 or destroy the virus if you are already infected. The same goes for boiling lemon peels in water and inhaling the steam.
Adding aspirin to lemon juice won’t help either.
Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Aspirin may relieve pain from sore muscles or a fever caused by a mild COVID-19 infection, but there is no evidence that aspirin stops the novel coronavirus from replicating in your cells, whether it is taken alone or mixed with lemon juice.
There is currently no vaccine or drug specifically for COVID-19.
Many drugs, some of which were developed for other illnesses, are being tested for treating COVID-19. And there are several vaccines in development. Tests of drugs and vaccines take many weeks or months to make sure that they are safe and effective.
The best way to stay healthy is to avoid exposure to the novel coronavirus.
- Avoid close physical contact with people outside your home and stay home if possible. If someone in your home is sick, avoid contact as much as possible.
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water and scrub vigorously for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you are not near a sink.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- The change in seasons may or may not affect the spread of COVID-19
- Prevent the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands often
- Heating your skin will not kill the coronavirus—and it could burn you
- Foods and supplements cannot prevent you from getting COVID-19
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- CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19), How to Protect Yourself & Others
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources
- American Public Health Association – Preventing Coronavirus
Published on: June 3, 2020