Zhong Nanshan (a Chinese pulmonologist who discovered the SARS coronavirus in 2003) suggested simple ways to prevent Wuhan pneumonia:
It is recommended that you rinse your throat with light salt water before going to the hospital or other public places (and do the same after you return home). The method is as follows:
- a) hold a mouthful of dilute salt water;
- b) raise your head; let the salt water stay around your throat area
- c) open your mouth slightly and exhale slowly, let air bubbling through the water in your throat and make a “ha” sound
- d) spit out the salt water after a few seconds
- e) repeat 3-5 times
Because viruses or bacteria lurk in the pharynx through the nasal passage, diluted salt water can kill them on the spot, thereby achieving the purpose of preventing infection. During SARS, I promoted and supervised this method among my students. As a result, none of our students in our class got cold, cough and fever.
This method is simple, effective, easy to do. But requires persevere.
Zhong Nanshan – January 21, 2020
建議各位去醫院或其他公共場合之前用淡鹽水漱一下嚥喉部位，回家後再漱一次。 方法是：含一口淡鹽水——仰起頭，讓鹽水處於咽喉部——微微張開口，讓氣流從咽喉部慢慢呼出，發出「哈」的聲音，這時鹽水會隨著氣流緩緩動起來，幾秒鐘後將水吐掉。 然後含第二口水如上反復，漱3-5次即可。