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A hoax on sugarless tea purported to cure coronavirus drives many into tea drinking frenzy

Dante Mwandawiro
Written by Dante Mwandawiro

The post cited a report by CNN,  alleged that Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who blew the whistle about the coronavirus before later succumbing to the illness had documented case files and proposed a cure for the disease. However, a fact check on CNN website revealed no such claims. There is no report about Dr. Li finding a cure for the pestilence except the fact that he was the first medical professional to sound the alarm on COVID-19 weeks before he contracted the illness himself and died.

Li Wenliang had initially been summoned by the police over accusations of spreading rumors online about the disease, but his findings were later found to be accurate. Dr Li had raised the alarm after patients from a seafood market in Wuhan had been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness and quarantined in his hospital.

According to the World Health Organization(HO), there is currently no drug specifically approved to prevent or treat COVID-19. It is not the first time that clams about foods and drinks that can cure COVID-19 have surfaced, with some stating that garlic, urine and even cow dung can help fight the disease.

The sugarless tea claim is therefore a pure hoax that has duped many people.