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WHO warns against untested “local remedies”

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls on people to be wary of untested local remedies that claim to treat the coronavirus.

This advice was issued when at least three African heads of state declare having imported a large quantity of a herbal mixture presented by the Madagascan president, Andry Rajoelina, as a treatment against coronavirus.

But the effectiveness of this “coronavirus treatment” has not been proven by scientific tests. Even the Madagascan Academy of Sciences has expressed reservations about this “remedy”.

In its declaration, the WHO declares to support the use of traditional medicine in the search for potential treatment but warns because it must be seriously tested.

The Madagascan president launched an artemisia-based product last month, and it has been tested on less than 20 people. He says clinical trials will start next week.

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