Ginger has antiviral properties and has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for a cough, sore throat, body aches and other symptoms of cold and flu.
With the outbreak of the coronavirus, some people have asked could fresh ginger root and ginger tea be useful for symptoms of COVID-19?
Firstly and importantly, follow the advice of the CDC and other medical authorities to avoid infection. This is no cure.
Call your healthcare provider for medical advice immediately if you develop a fever, persistent cough or difficulty breathing.
While it’s too early for scientific tests specifically on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, antimicrobial herbs like ginger are commonly used for symptoms of other viral infections, such as coughing and a painful sore throat with influenza.
There are also scientific studies showing Zingiber officinale (ginger) boosts immunity and can help you recover from the damage viruses do within your body, particularly to your lungs.
Ginger for Coughs
A persistent dry cough is one of the most common symptoms of infection with the new 2019-nCoV virus. It is also regularly seen with other respiratory illnesses like seasonal influenza.