By Marshall Bwanya
The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), within Zimbabwe, has been met with various conspiracy theories and speculation about which preventive measures to undertake as well as foods to consume for one to boost their immune system and to stay safe.
A viral notorious claim on social media with more than 40, 000 shares on Facebook alone alleged that drinking warm water with lemon protects against the novel coronavirus.
“Coronavirus arrives in any country, sooner or later…so please use as much as possible of natural vitamin C to strengthen your immune system.
“Slices of lemon in a cup of lukewarm water can save your life,” reads the post.
However, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), vice president doctor Masimba Dean Ndoro has rubbished the claims adding that they are not only false but also misleading.
“The claim that drinking warm water with slices of lemon can combat against Coronavirus is false.
“At the current moment, there is no certified medical prescription or remedy scientifically proven to cure the Coronavirus.
“However, different countries have been applying different combinations of drugs in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Ndoro noted that if a COVID-19 patient was dehydrated there was a need to use intravenous fluids and if in severe respiratory distress there is need to use oxygen and ventilators.
Nonetheless, most Zimbabweans in case of classical ignorance have been wooed to believe that lemons are miracle medicine in the fight against the global pandemic.
This blind optimism and false belief that drinking lemon juice is an effective preventative measure against the Coronavirus have led to an increase in demand for lemons in Zimbabwe.
Before Zimbabwe recorded its first case of COVID-19, lemons were being sold for about ZW$3 for a heap of 5 but since the claim prices have astronomically shot to as far as ZW$5 for a single lemon.