No home remedies. including oil and pepper, have been proven to prevent or cure COVID-19.
The COVID-19 advisory by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that eating pepper does not prevent or cure COVID-19. Pepper might act as antimicrobial medicine, but there is no evidence showing that eating it protects or heals people from the virus.
Active compounds in pepper help boost the immune system by increasing white blood cells, which are helpful to the body in the fight against bacteria and viruses. WebMD states that piperine is a natural alkaloid present in pepper, which may help lower the risk of chronic illnesses like atherosclerosis, certain neurological conditions, and cardiovascular disease.
Olive oil is made from olives that contain significant amounts of antioxidants. These antioxidants are bio-active and can minimize the risk of chronic illness. They also fight inflammation and help prevent oxidation and reduce the risk of heart disease from blood cholesterol. However, the claim that a mixture of black pepper and olive oil can help fight COVID19 is baseless.
WHO does not recommend any self-medication to treat or cure COVID-19. It has been said that western, traditional, or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms, but they are not a cure for the disease. However, several products claiming to be alternatives to COVID-19 vaccines are considered ineffective, which might pose significant risks to public health.
Therefore, the claim that a combination of black pepper and olive oil could be used for COVID-19 treatment is false.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer/BioNTec and Moderna mRNA vaccines in December 2020, after having met the statutory standards for the issuance of an Emergency Use Authorization. The data presented clear evidence that the vaccines may efficiently prevent COVID-19. WHO has also listed Covishield, AstraZeneca, Jansen, and Sinopharm vaccines under the ones authorized for emergency use across the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.