“Tuob” or steam inhalation can only offer temporary relief from discomfort brought about by common illnesses and there is still no scientific proof that it kills virus and prevents virus infection. This was stressed by City Epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya as local health officials in Cagayan de Oro cited the case of a 34-year-old woman from Dabatian Street in Barangay Carmen who did not seek medical consultation and relied on tuob as home remedy against Covid-19. A few days later on June 7, she was rushed and declared dead on arrival at Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). She was the city’s 15th confirmed case and the 9th fatality.

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