Does Apple Cider Vinegar Protect Against COVID-19?

Some social media postings claim that gargling with vinegar can eliminate the coronavirus in the throat before it reaches the lungs. Is this true? Here is the advice from ConsumerLab.com‘s fabulous and frequently updated resource Natural Remedies and Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19):

While all varieties of vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, contain acetic acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties, there is no evidence that gargling with vinegar is useful for preventing or treating colds, sore throats, or COVID-19.

Further, there is also SIGNIFICANT concern about the safety of using vinegar this way.

Regular consumption of apple cider vinegar can cause tooth enamel loss and low blood levels of potassium. 

Vinegar may be used to clean surfaces but are not as effective a disinfectant as bleach and may take as long as 30 minutes sitting on a surface, particularly a porous one, to be effective.

No research to date has shown that cleaning surfaces with vinegar can kill SARS-CoV-2 and vinegar is not listed on the EPA’s current list of products that meet the agency’s criteria for disinfectants for the virus.

In addition, do not combine vinegar with bleach or hydrogen peroxide, as this can create toxic vapors. 

ConsumerLab has tested popular apple cider vinegars and apple cider vinegar pills (some of which were found to contain extremely high and potentially unsafe concentrations of acetic acid).

You can see the results and ConsumerLab’s Top Picks in the Apple Cider Vinegar Review, which includes information about the evidence for other uses of apple cider vinegar, such as lowering blood sugar, improving digestion, “balancing pH,” and helping with weight loss, as well as dosage and safety. 

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