Bathing with salt can prevent Ebola
— Drink Water (@OSCARanking) August 8, 2014
We’re not sure how the rumor got started, but a lot of people — mostly Nigerians, apparently — are under the impression that bathing in hot water and salt might prevent transmission of the Ebola virus:
I've received tons of calls that Ebola has reached adamawa and borno and we all gotta shower with salt and water! Oh darn!
— Mooser Es BeeKay (@Mooser__) August 8, 2014
Read about the advantages of Salt Bath, apparently it reduces the risk of getting Ebola. http://t.co/hIauLmwGNW
— Raj (@IceRaj) August 8, 2014
People in jos getting calls to drink and bathe with salt water before daybreak to prevent Ebola.
— Sharon (@AllyShimmer) August 8, 2014
Lmaoooo, so someone jst called me and said I shld bathe with salt b4 12 midnight else Ebola will spread
— Eloho ☺️ (@ama_brat) August 7, 2014
It’s not true, of course:
There is a rumour spreading that bathing with salt and water prevents Ebola. This is untrue. Find true information on http://t.co/wKwOoQ8JoQ
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 8, 2014
— WHO (@WHO) August 8, 2014
Be informed, people.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to capitalize “Ebola.”