The Department of Health has recently announced that steam inhalation or ‘suob’ is not actually effective to prevent from getting the new coronavirus.
Cagayan de Oro City’s Health Office Epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya said ‘tuob’ can only offer temporary relief from discomfort brought about by common illnesses.
“Steam inhalation can help relieve nasal congestions if one is experiencing minor cold and cough. However, there is no scientific evidence that it kills viruses or prevents virus infection,” Retuya told ABS-CBN News.
He also recalled a Covid-19 patient, 34, that was declared dead on arrival at Northern Mindanao Medical Centre (NMMC).
“Days prior to her admission, she had complaints of abdominal pain and vomiting. She did not seek medical consultation, instead, she relied on steam inhalation as home remedy.
The patient who was from Brgy. Carmen was later confirmed to be Covid-19 positive. She was the 15th case in the city and was the ninth patient who died due to the virus.
Four members of her family have all tested positive for Covid-19 and remained in the city isolation facilities.
“This is the danger that we are trying to save. Tuob can never prevent nor cure coronavirus,” he added.