According to Dr. Fabian Dayrit, a chemistry professor at Ateneo de Manila University, coconut has antiviral agents which can help treat COVID-19.
He said coconut oil also underwent a study where it was found to help treat other diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the Junin virus with COVID-19 similarity.
“It’s not a proof, but there is enough evidence that it might work,” Dayrit added.
The Philippines is abundant in coconut, so the Department of Health (DOH) has also agreed to conduct clinical tests on the potential of coconut oil.
“We are requesting iyong ating researchers dito kung pwedeng tingnan,” said DOH Usec. Eric Domingo.
(We are requesting our researchers to look into this.)
Professor says coconut oil could fight COVID-19
Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is now 1,775, with 71,334 confirmed cases.
86% of the infected patients recovered and have been discharged from the hospitals.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 29 countries and territories around the world.
As of today, there is one new case in South Korea who is the 68-year-old wife of a previously confirmed case.
115 new cases and 5 new deaths occurred outside of Hubei province in China on February 16, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.