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Dr. Li Wenliang's file note that methylxanthines, a substance in tea can decrease impact of COVID-19

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

Drinking tea? "Who would have known that a simple cup of tea would be the solution to this virus."

Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who was hailed a hero for his efforts to raise the alarm about the virus early on in Wuhan, and who later died of the disease.

It claims that in his case files, he had documented evidence that substances commonly found in tea can decrease the impact of the virus - these are known as methylxanthines.

And that hospitals in China started giving Covid-19 patients tea three times a day.

It's true that methylxanthines are found in tea, as well as in coffee and chocolate.

But there's no evidence Dr Li Wenliang was researching their effect - he was an eye specialist, rather than an expert on viruses. Or that hospitals in China were specifically treating Covid-19 by giving patients tea.

News reports in China in February also picked up on the claim that tea could be used to stop the virus, but said it was not true.

Truth of the matter is *one of the symptoms of Coronavirus is shortness of breath and difficulty breathing...methylxanthines helps to open air ways (tea helps to open your airways). one plus one is = one

Coronavirus has no cure. But tea taste good. drink your tea!

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