Gargling with a solution of saltwater is one of the best and trusted remedies to battle a sore throat and quash down germs and viruses. However, this remedy must be practised regularly, for 3-4 days to start showing results. Although there isn’t convincing proof that saltwater can actually kill germs or the coronavirus (don’t fall for this myth just yet), saltwater can help reduce certain associated symptoms like swelling and irritation. It is also a good way to stay hydrated, which again, is vital when you are going through a bout of cold, cough or any viral infection.
Simply mix half a tablespoon of salt with warm water and gargle in the back of your throat. Make sure to spit out the mixture and not actually swallow it. Do it 2-3 times a day, for a minimum of three days to see a reduction of symptoms. However, remember, saltwater or hot water is no treatment or preventive measure for COVID-19.