Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments | NCCIH

Coronaviruses are a big family members of viruses found in numerous various species of animals,

Coronaviruses are a big family members of viruses found in numerous various species of animals, like camels, cattle, and bats. A new pressure of coronavirus has been recognized as the bring about of the outbreak of respiratory health issues in people today very first detected in Wuhan, China. On February 11, 2020 the Earth Well being Corporation named the disease COVID-19. (Formerly, it was referred to as 2019-nCoV.) Not often, animal coronaviruses soar species and infect people today, and then potentially distribute involving people today, these types of as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The media has documented that some people today are looking for “alternative” cures to avert an infection with SARS-CoV-2 or to treat the 2019 coronavirus illness now referred to as COVID-19. Some of these purported cures contain organic therapies and teas. There is no scientific proof that any of these different cures can avert or treatment the health issues caused by this virus. In truth, some of them may well not be secure to consume.1  

Whilst experts at NIH and in other places are assessing prospect therapies and vaccines to treat and avert the novel coronavirus, at present there are no treatments or vaccines for COVID-19 accepted by the U.S. Foodstuff and Drug Administration. The ideal way to avert an infection is to steer clear of publicity to this virus. The Facilities for Illness Command and Avoidance (CDC) also suggests every day preventive steps to assistance avert the distribute of this and other respiratory viruses, like the following:

  • Wash your hands generally with cleaning soap and water for at the very least 20 seconds, primarily soon after going to the toilet in advance of eating and soon after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If cleaning soap and water are not easily available, use an alcohol-centered hand sanitizer with at the very least sixty% alcohol. Constantly wash hands with cleaning soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay away from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from near get hold of with people today who are sick.
  • Stay house when you are sick, and retain youngsters house from college when they are sick.
  • Go over your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces working with a standard household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you really feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty respiratory, and have traveled to China or were being in near get hold of with anyone with COVID-19 in the 14 days in advance of you commenced to really feel sick, seek health care care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or crisis home, phone ahead and convey to them about your latest travel or publicity and your symptoms.

For a lot more data about what absolutely everyone can do to avert the distribute of COVID-19 in the U.S., like the typical community, well being care pros, and travelers, take a look at What CDC Suggests. For a lot more data on NIH investigate on coronaviruses, take a look at the Countrywide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Conditions.


  1Coghlan ML, Maker G, Crighton E, et al. Put together DNA, toxicological and large metal analyses provides an auditing toolkit to strengthen pharmacovigilance of regular Chinese medication (TCM). Scientific Reports. 20155:17475.