Amid the worst outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, social media is abuzz with wild claims as to how to keep the virus away. One such claim doing rounds on internet and social media is that steam inhalation can kill coronavirus.

As per that rumoured claim, at 50 degrees celsius, the coronavirus becomes disabled. At 60 degrees celsius, the virus becomes weak, and at 70-degree celsius, the virus dies completely.” The post further reads, “COVID-19 can be killed by inhaling steam from the nose or mouth, eliminating the coronavirus.

The truth – What doctors and medical fraternity says

Neither World Health Organization (WHO) nor US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend this treatment for preventing coronavirus.

On the other hand, several doctors have also warned against steam inhalation and said that in such cases when a person is COVID-19 positive, it could worsen their situation as it could lead to asthma symptoms. Doctors around the world suggest that social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, and sanitising hands at proper intervals are the only thing to fight with coronavirus.