As India battles a deadly second wave of the epidemic, its healthcare system is under severe strain.
Hospitals lack oxygen for patients, and when people try to get their own supplies, misinformation spreads online.
It contains misleading claims about the treatment of hypoxia, which is one of the symptoms of Covid-19.
We have explored some of them.
The nebulizer cannot supply oxygen
A video has surfaced on social media in which a doctor claims that instead of an oxygen cylinder, a nebulizer can be used to deliver a small medical device to patients with a gentle spray of medicine.
In the video, which was shared on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, you can see how it is used, explaining in Hindi that “there is enough oxygen in our environment that can provide this (nebuliser)”.
He says. “You only need a nebulizer, you can get oxygen from it.”
A hospital near the field capital has dropped a video claim that the use of the nebulizer has not been confirmed by “evidence or scientific research”.
Other medical experts have also noted that the technique is completely ineffective in supplying extra oxygen.
Following the release of the video, The doctor who appeared in it responded to the criticism by releasing another video, noting that he was “misunderstood.”
He said he did not intend to suggest that nebulisers could replace oxygen cylinders, but did not explain why he said you could get oxygen from them.
The original video continues to circulate widely, վարչապետ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi even used a picture taken from it at the last address.
It was shown when Mr. Modi said that “many doctors spread information through social media, consult on the phone և WhatsApp”, although the audio was not used.
Herbal remedies do not work: can be dangerous
Indian social media platforms are flooded with messages offering various home remedies to treat Covid-19 symptoms such as hypoxia.
One of the most widely used “remedies” is that a mixture of camphor, cloves, red seed and eucalyptus oil will help maintain oxygen levels while suffering from the virus.
There is no evidence that this can help infected people.
The video promoting this mixture, presented by a traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine doctor, has been shared more than 23,000 times on Facebook, as well as on WhatsApp.
In fact, camphor oil, which is widely used in skin creams and creams, is potentially harmful when consumed internally.
The US Centers for Disease Control warns that inhaling camphor vapor can cause poisoning.
Lemons are also not the answer
A senior Indian politician and businessman recently claimed that two drops of lemon juice in the nose can increase the level of oxygen saturation.
Vijay Sankeshwar said it had suggested to his colleagues that the oxygen level was low և “the oxygen level rose from 88% to 96% in half an hour”. He went on to say that 80% of India’s oxygen shortage could be addressed by using this remedy.
There is no evidence that this treatment has an effect on the level of oxygen saturation in the blood.
Nor “magic” deep breathing
The most famous Indian yoga guru, Baba Ramd, has appeared on news channels and has videos on his YouTube channel that he claims show how to increase oxygen levels at home.
In the video, he says that “there is an oxygen և shout all over the country, but I will show you magic”, while he was holding a device to measure the level of oxygen in the blood on one of his fingers.
In a video that has garnered more than 300,000 views on his YouTube channel, he shows breathing exercises in which he holds his breath in a sitting position and shows that his blood oxygen level is falling below the recommended safe level.
But then he says: “Take two deep breaths, you will get oxygen (in your blood), it is abundant there (in the environment).”
Although yoga is generally good for your health, in cases where oxygen saturation levels fall due to a condition such as Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends medical oxygen (which is almost 100% is pure oxygen).
“If the oxygen level is low, if it is low for a long time, if it is not treated, then the cells stop working well. “Again, the life-saving treatment here is medical oxygen,” said WHO doctor Jan Annett Diaz.
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