WHO hasn’t approved Thai food supplement to ‘prevent long Covid’

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Facebook posts circulating in Thailand claim that the World Health Organization has approved a dietary supplement to prevent Covid for a long time. However, the WHO said it had made no such announcement as of May 30, 2022, while health experts warned the only way to prevent Covid for long was to avoid catching the virus. in the first place.

“World Health Organization has approved protein, resveratrol and probiotics to prevent long symptoms of Covid-19 #RenatarHasEverything,” reads a May 19 Thai-language Facebook post.

Renatar is a Thai dietary supplement Mark.

The brand’s website says its products contain protein, while resveratrol and probiotics are listed as ingredients in its Fiber X digestive detox drink.

A Renatar spokesperson told AFP that the company had not claimed that its products had helped prevent Covid for a long time, although there was no trace of such a claim on its site. Internet.

Screenshot of fake Facebook post captured on May 31, 2022

Long Covid – also known as post-Covid conditions – refers to a wide range of chronic health conditions, including fatigue, fever and cough, that some people experience after a coronavirus infection.

Scientists are still working to learn more about the disease.

The complaint also circulated on Facebook here, here and here.

Misleading advice on preventing and treating Covid-19 has flooded social media, prompting health experts to warn against purported cures that are unnecessary or even harmful.

In Thailand, baseless advice to ward off the virus, from eating onions and antibiotics to using throat spray, flourished online as the pandemic hit Thailand’s tourism-dependent economy. the Southeast Asian nation.

“No long Covid prevention”

The WHO said it had not approved Renatar products to ward off Covid for a long time.

“WHO has not recommended any treatment to prevent post-Covid-19 conditions other than the prevention of Covid-19 itself”, a representative of the global agency told AFP on May 30, 2022.

Keyword searches on the official WHO channels found no reports that it had endorsed Renatar or any of the ingredients mentioned to prevent Covid for a long time.

Dr Thira Woratanarat, an associate professor of preventive medicine at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, said the posts shared false advice.

“There is no evidence that the substances mentioned in the claim have any properties in prevent post-Covid-19 conditions. The best way is to prevent [long Covid is to avoid] catch Covid-19,” he told AFP on May 31.

Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha, an expert in infectious diseases from the same university, told AFP on May 27: “There is currently no medicine or medicine that prevents post Covid-19 conditions.”

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