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Yoga and HULA HOOPS join quacks for Covid on social media as doctors warn of misinformation


Yoga and HULA HOOPS join list of quacks for Covid on social media as doctors warn of spreading misinformation about treatments

  • Spike in quack treatments for long-Covid sparks fear among NHS doctors
  • ‘Alternative’ remedies include eating Hula Hoops, avoiding avocados, yoga and cryotherapy
  • Most so-called ‘miracle cures’ are offered online to desperate patients
  • ‘It is essential that everyone experiences persistent symptoms after Covid has contacted their GP,’ says expert

A spike in quacks and fad diets being marketed online to treat long Covid is sparking fear among NHS bosses.

Ineffective treatments like eating Hula Hopps and avoiding avocados and aubergines are being billed as miracle cures for the condition, which has affected around one in 20 Covid patients in the UK, according to a study.

Herbalists are even said to run ‘long-term Covid clinics’ that promise to reduce ‘the depth and duration’ of symptoms, The Times reports.

NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis has warned of proliferation of quack treatments for long-term Covid

Professor Stephen Powis, Medical Director of NHS England, said: ‘The continued spread of misinformation about treatments or quick fixes for long Covid puts people at risk through ineffective, exploitative and even harmful treatments.

“Spending thousands of pounds on a trip to an Alpine resort has little effect on anything but your bank balance, and following fad diets and injecting antioxidants is unnecessary and potentially harmful if not administered correctly.”

Most of these providers use social media to offer treatments such as hyperbaric treatments, vitamin and antioxidant infusions.

Some spas have even started offering long Covid retreats that cost consumers thousands of pounds, with remedies ranging from yoga to cryotherapy.

A report from the Office for National Statistics cites more than 830,000 people in the UK who have had symptoms for at least 12 weeks after contracting the coronavirus – the definition of ‘post-Covid syndrome’

While the NHS has set up a network of specialist long-term Covid clinics, some victims are turning to questionable online alternatives for a quick fix.

Eating Hula Hoops Is One Of The Bizarre Treatments Promoted Online To Treat Long-Term Covid Treatment

Eating Hula Hoops Is One Of The Bizarre Treatments Promoted Online To Treat Long-Term Covid Treatment

Another risk factor is that long Covid symptoms could be a sign of another disease, Prof Powis said.

He added: ‘Certain symptoms of stroke, lung cancer or other serious respiratory diseases are similar to the reported signs of long-term Covid.

“It is essential that anyone experiencing persistent symptoms after Covid-19 contact their GP, who can rule out other possible underlying causes.”


The ONS surveyed around 300,000 people in the UK to estimate how many Britons had been suffering from Covid for a long time.

It estimated that 0.63 percent of the population had the condition for more than a year, but some groups were more likely to be affected.

50 to 69 year olds: 1%

Women: 0.7%

White people: 0.64%

People from the Northeast: 0.9%

Those from the most deprived areas: 0.7%

Health professionals: 1.46%

Social workers: 1.17%

Civil servants: 0.91%

Those with severe disabilities: 1.81%



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