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COVID-19 patient who depend on steam inhalation dies in Cagayan de Oro

The rumors about the initiative of steam inhalation has been widely spreading in social media, claiming that inhaling steam can kill coronavirus. However, doctors warned the public that the practice of 'tuob' or steam inhalation has not been proven as an efficient method to kill the coronavirus. 

A 34-year-old woman from Barangay Carmen was declared dead on arrival at North Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). Before her admission, the patient was complaining of abdominal pain and vomiting but she did not seek medical consultation. Instead, she depend on steam inhalation 'tuob' as home remedy, according to ABS-CBN News.

It was later confirmed that the patient was positive for COVID-19. She was the 15th case in the city and the 9th fatality in Northern Mindanao.

Four other members of the family remain in the city's isolation facilities after they were all tested positive for the virus.

In a joint statement of the Philippine Medical Societies about steam inhalation #TUOB, they warned that doing so is risky if done by individuals infected with the coronavirus as it can further spread the disease if done around with other people.

"While we understand this initiative, we emphasize that this is just part of other supportive measures that one may opt to do to relieve one's symptoms.

"We stand by up-to-date medical evidence that steam inhalation has not been demonstrated to kill virus, specifically the Sars-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19. The practice may even be precarious, if done by infected individuals, as it may facilitate spread if done communally,” the medical societies said.

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