10 people hospitalised after trying TikTok home-remedy to prevent COVID-19
This happens to be latest in the line of people falling prey to misinformation in the time of coronavirus.
Misinformation and fake news can be fatal. Especially so while the coronavirus pandemic is at large and country is under lockdown with the possibility of an extension.
As many as 10 people from Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh landed in hospital after trying a home remedy suggested in a TikTok video to help them protect against COVID-19, reported a news agency.
According to the report, two families in a village in that district drank a juice made of seeds of Datura Stramonium (Jimson weed), a locally available weed with toxic properties. This 'remedey' was allegedly suggested in a video on the video sharing sharing app TikTok. The affected alleged that the video suggested drinking of this juice to keep coronavirus away.
This happens to be latest in the line of people falling prey to misinformation in the time of COVID-19.
As of now, the world has not come up with a vaccine or a cure for the highly contagious COVID-19 and doctors have not suggested any remedy except social distancing and maitainance of personal hygiene to help prevent the disease.
The ten people from those two families fell ill immediately after consuming the juice. Neighbours found them in a semi-conscious state and had to shift them to hospital.
As of now, they have been discharged following treatment.