Some Covid ‘cures’ shouldn’t be tried anywhere, let alone at home
Plenty of miracle cures for the coronavirus have been touted, but is there any science behind them?
In the late 19th century, a man called Clark Stanley began selling a mixture of tallow, chilli peppers, turpentine and camphor. He called the liquid Snake Oil Liniment and claimed it could cure everything from pain to lameness, bunions, poisoning, paralysis and sore throats. In 1916, Stanley was exposed as a quack, but others had already taken note: “miracle cures” are a cheap and easy way to make money from people looking for cures.
Over the years, snake oil salesmen continued to offer miracle cures to allay fears. And, of course, Covid-19 is no different.
Ever since the pandemic began, scientists have despaired watching social media ablaze with purported miracle cures. ..