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Do Potatoes in the socks overnight cures Cold and flu?

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Recently a claim is getting viral on social media sites that assure potatoes when put inside socks overnight can cure a cold and flu.

New York Times posted a viral video on the Tik-Tok app with billions of views, which is teaching people how to use potatoes in order to cure the Cold and Flu.

Viral Video

The same type of video is recently posted on Instagram where a parent is telling her viewers the ultimate parent hack to cure cold and flu using potatoes.

Instagram Post

Fact Check:

To verify the viral video, we did a keyword search and found an article on “Health News” written by Drew Sutton MD, who is an retired ENT doctor after the viral Tik- Tok trend.

In the article, he clearly mentioned that though this hack is vividly viral, in no case shall be used on children as this can hold severe repercussions.

He too mentions that even if this hack exists from years ago but it holds no scientific value.

Health News

Further Nutrition expert Dr. Ruth MacDonald at Iowa State University confirms that the potatoes in your socks cannot cure a cold or any kind of illness.

Conclusion:

In the doctor’s expert opinion, this hack is not scientific in nature. Hence the viral videos are fake 

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