Despite several warnings and awareness initiatives, people opt for health tips from TikTok videos. One video uploaded on TikTok showed tips and home remedies that would “help people stay away from coronavirus”. The advice has proved costly for two families who have landed up in hospital.

TikTok video:

The TikTok video claimed that drinking the juice from seeds of Datura Stramonium can keep people away from coronavirus. Upon sheer belief, two families of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh drank the recommended juice. Moments later, 10 members of the two families fell ill.

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Members of both families were found semi-conscious at their home by a neighbour who rushed the unwell to hospital.

They were provided treatment and later discharged.

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Medical officer instructs people to stop falling for rumours:

Chittoor District Medical and Health Officer Dr M Penchalaiah appealed to the public not to fall for rumours and follow “home remedies” that have not been verified by medical experts.

He added that no vaccine for coronavirus has been found yet. Trials are still underway. The best way to avoid contracting coronavirus is to stay home and be safe.