Corona crisis: Recognizing Reputable Health Information

The need for serious health information on the subject of the coronavirus is currently very great. There is also plenty of advice on the internet and social media. Medizin-Transparent has looked at a number of topics and investigated what is based on facts and what are unsubstantiated rumors.

The results are summarized here. Plus: How to find good, trustworthy information about the Coronavirus on the Internet.


Especially in the case of the corona pandemic, the level of knowledge changes almost daily and even renowned researchers are currently unable to provide reliable answers to many questions. The fact is: At the moment there is no causal treatment for the disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. That is why research is being carried out worldwide into drugs and a vaccine against the coronavirus.

There is a lot of information on the Internet on how to prevent infection with the corona virus. Some do not stand up to closer scientific examination. The experts from Medizin-Transparent examined the scientific evidence (evidence) on various topics:

Vitamin C against the coronavirus?

All about the water-soluble vitamin Cmany false reports circulate. One of them says that vitamin C should protect against the coronavirus and alleviate symptoms of infection. The fact is: there is no scientific study that has shown such a soothing or preventive effect of vitamin C. This applies on the one hand to the new corona virus SARS-CoV-2, on the other hand also to other pathogens from this virus family that have been known for a long time.

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Globules against corona virus?

Based on the available scientific studies, it is currently assumed that homeopathic remedies in themselves have no effect. At least not more than a dummy drug (placebo). The ineffectiveness of homeopathy has been particularly well documented for colds, i.e. for infections with viruses.

Gargling with hydrogen peroxide against the coronavirus?

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a powerful oxidizing agent that can kill germs. Whether hydrogen peroxide is suitable as a gargle solution to prevent or even treat Covid-19, sore throats or colds has not been scientifically investigated and is unlikely. There is also little data on whether regular use is harmful. However, hydrogen peroxide is very irritating. Therefore, swallowing or inhaling can have health consequences.

Propolis against the corona virus?

Propolis (bee resin) is made by bees from resin, pollen and wax and has a germ-inhibiting effect. There are claims that taking propolis extract can prevent infection with the corona virus and is also said to protect against colds and flu. However, no scientifically meaningful studies could be found for this. However, taking propolis can cause allergic reactions in some people.

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How effective are quarantine measures against the corona pandemic?

In a review published on April 8, 2020, a team of researchers from Cochrane Austria searched for, evaluated and summarized the studies available worldwide on this topic. In their synopsis, the researchers came to the conclusion that quarantine should be an effective measure. They report that quarantining people who have had contact with infected people could potentially prevent about 44 to 81 percent of infections and about 31 to 63 percent of deaths. This effect is likely to be greater the earlier quarantine measures are introduced.

Quarantine is particularly effective if the measure is taken early. But to achieve the greatest possible effect, a combination of measures is required. These include, for example, keeping your distance, closing schools and universities, travel restrictions and the rapid isolation of confirmed cases of infection.

Tips for assessing serious health information on the Internet

Many people use the internet to find out more about the corona virus. In addition to facts, there are also many rumors and false information circulating on the Internet, which are spread via websites and forums. Distinguishing good information from bad information is often not easy. Some aspects can be helpful when assessing information on websites, in forums and social media channels.

What should you watch out for with search engines?

Anyone looking for information on the Internet often uses a search engine. It is important to know that the order of the search results says nothing about the quality and reliability of the information. Depending on the search query, dubious pages or advertisements can also be among the first hits. You should also make sure who is behind the information or the website and what goals the providers are pursuing. You can find information, for example, under “Imprint”, “Contact” or “About us”.

With regard to Corona, caution is advised on websites that:

  • Advertise treatments that prevent or cure corona disease.
  • downplaying the spread or danger of the corona virus.
  • Make recommendations that contradict those of the health authorities.

Twitter, Facebook and Co . Social networks

Information is disseminated quickly in social networks ( e.g. Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp). Exchanging ideas can help – but it can also make you feel insecure. In addition to serious content, false reports also quickly make their rounds. So stay skeptical, for example with very dramatic content. You can also check whether the information matches that of reputable media.

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