At least in Poland there is an SMS people send to each other that warns one should be constantly drinking water, at least a few gulps every 15 mins to protect oneself against viral infection. According to the SMS chain if the virus has made its way to one's throat it can still be flushed down with water to the stomach, where it will be killed by hydrochloric acid. However, if one does not drink constantly, the virus may instead enter windpipe, which can be very dangerous.
The SMS chain seems widespread:
- Today I received a phone from my aunt who claimed there were 'new instructions' to protect oneself against coronavirus and urged me to drink water constantly; only after inquiry she admitted she knew this from an SMS chain and not from a medical authority. To back up the SMS chain's accuracy she said she had heard a radio interview with a physician a few years before who had claimed that during an infection one should swallow phlegm rather than spit it out because of hydrochloric acid.
- My mother works as a teacher. One of her pupils was drinking water non stop during the lesson. When his bottle got empty he left the classroom during the lesson to refill it. Presumably he or his mother had received the SMS chain.
Since the chain reached me from two independent sources I believe it is likely widespread enough to ask about its veracity.
Does drinking water constantly prevent viral infection? Will one avoid infection with coronavirus if one makes sure the virus is flushed down the throat into the stomach within the first 15 minutes of the virus' presence in the throat?