Does the new coronavirus hold onto the throat for four days before going down to the lungs?

CLAIM: The new coronavirus (Covid-19) holds onto the throat for four days before going down to the lungs. The virus can be prevented by gargling with salt, hot water, and vinegar.

FALSE

The post which claims that the new coronavirus holds onto throat for four days and causes dry cough was shared on Twitter on 15 March 2020 and got 24,000 retweets and 45,000 likes.

There is no information stated by England National Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization that the new coronavirus holds onto throat for four days. The distribution and duration of symptoms in patients are not standard. All three institutions express the symptoms of the disease as high fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing. According to the clinical report prepared by the Centers for Disease Control, coughing is not a symptom observed in every patient.

The World Health Organization states that no evidence regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. Alpay Azap, the president of the Turkish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, said that rinsing with saline too much can harm mucus, which has a protective function. 

Centers for Disease Control state that there is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19. Clinical care includes the implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures and supportive management of complications, including enhanced organ support, if indicated. 

Snopes, the fact-checker platform, states that gargling with saline or vinegar does not eliminate the coronavirus. Also, Full Fact states that a sore throat is not a valid symptom for every patient.

In conclusion, the claim that the coronavirus holds onto the throat for four days before going down to the lungs in every patient is not true. There is not any finding of it. The symptoms vary depending on every patient. The post in question is an example of a fabricated content.

Sources

World Health Organization, Coronavirus symptoms

England National Health Service, Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control, Coronavirus symptoms

World Health Organization, Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Gazete Duvar, Prof. Dr. Alpay Azap: Koronadan çok yalan bilgi zarar veriyor

Centers for Disease Control, Clinical Care

Snopes, Will Gargling with Salt Water or Vinegar ‘Eliminate’ the COVID-19 Coronavirus?, 14 March 2020

Full Fact, Viral post about someone’s uncle’s coronavirus advice is not all it’s cracked up to be, 5 March 2020

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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar

Sources

World Health Organization, Coronavirus symptoms

England National Health Service, Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control, Coronavirus symptoms

World Health Organization, Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Gazete Duvar, Prof. Dr. Alpay Azap: Koronadan çok yalan bilgi zarar veriyor

Centers for Disease Control, Clinical Care

Snopes, Will Gargling with Salt Water or Vinegar ‘Eliminate’ the COVID-19 Coronavirus?, 14 March 2020

Full Fact, Viral post about someone’s uncle’s coronavirus advice is not all it’s cracked up to be, 5 March 2020

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Follow us on Twitter: 

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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar