Hon­ey­suckle has vi­ral sour note

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

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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