Honeysuckle has viral sour note
Beijing – A claim by Chinese scientists that a liquid made with honeysuckle and flowering plants could help fight the deadly coronavirus has sparked frenzied buying of the traditional medicine.
As the death toll from the Sars-like pathogen continues to rise, shoppers have swamped pharmacies in search of “Shuanghuanglian”.
The rush came after influential state media outlet Xinhua reported the esteemed Chinese Academy of Sciences had found the concoction “can inhibit” the virus.
Videos showed long lines of people in surgical masks lining up at night outside drug stores, in the hope of snapping up the product.
But Zhang Boli, one of the researchers leading outbreak efforts, warned of side-effects. –AFP
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