Negative Effect of Salt Water in Preventing Disease Spread

Salt Water and it’s effects on preventing diseases.

Generally, when the term Salt Water is mentioned, it is as sea water which according to wikipedia has a salinity of about 3.5% (35g/l, or 599 mM). Meaning that every kilogram of seawater has approximately 35 grams (1.2 oz) of dissolved salts.

But in this article, salt water as to be discussed is the mixing of warm drinking water with salt as an immune booster or as a preventive measure.

Salt water as preventive to Ebola Virus

On the 7th of August 2014, it was rumored that the Nigerian Government through the Minister for Health advised its citizens to take warm salt water and bath with the same and without soap as a preventive measure against the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus in the country.

The Ebola Virus which was formerly called Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has a fatality rate of up to 90%. The outbreaks which until recently occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa were transmitted to people from wild animals (popularly called bush meat in Africa) and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Fruit bats of the pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.

Ebola virus and salt water

Coming back to our topic on the negative effect of salt water in preventing Ebola spread; drinking salt water is never a good idea as it can lead to sickness, dehydration, brain damage, and even death.

Although some claim there are cleansing benefits to drinking salt water, the negative effects and health risks can be far too disastrous.

Using salt water to prevent disease spread is like trying to prevent one from enemy territory and still giving such a one food from the enemy. In such a scenario, the person might end up dying faster than he/she may have.

However, there are rare occasions when the bulk of your diet would consist of salt water and, in moderation or when paired with fresh water, it is harmless.

Also for the prevention of Ebola disease, here are the best ten preventive measures:

Best Ways to Prevent Ebola Virus Spread

  1. Wash your hands regularly.
  2. Use a hand sterilizer with at least 60% alcohol as often as possible when water is not available.
  3. Avoid eating bush meats of all kinds and cook very well the other types of meat-type of meat you eat.
  4. Know the source of the meat you eat in a restaurant
  5. Wash and cook animal products rigorously and thoroughly.
  6. You should avoid sharing your clothes or asking friends to borrow theirs.
  7. Watch out for symptoms of Ebola around your neighborhood, and report anyone who is showing signs of the Ebola virus symptoms.
  8. One of the best ways to avoid this is to try your very best to avoid areas where an outbreak has been reported before.
  9. Report any unauthorized movement of corpses in your area especially those brought in from Ebola-prone areas.
  10. Finally, do not TOUCH a loved one or friend confirmed to be an Ebola patient.


I advise that people abstain from taking warm salt water as a measure to prevent Ebola disease or any other disease as the case may be. Consider the difference between sea salt and table salt, the important role salt plays within the body, and how easily dehydration can be avoided.

Francis Nwokike

Francis Nwokike is a Social Entrepreneur and an experienced Disaster Manager. I love discussing new business trends and marketing tips. I share ideas and tips that will help you grow your business.

2 Responses

  1. Valentine says:

    Wow that’s good topic cause I wonder how people will start using salt and warm water to bath as if it is an air borne disease or bacteria. I believe this ur write up will go a long way added to other sensitization that is going on.

    • Yes Valentine.

      You can’t even imagine, A Medical Doctor who is a very senior officer with one of the key FGN agencies involved in managing this crisis confirmed that he also bathed in salt! Can you imagine the implication of this? This has brought to the fore how vulnerable our people are to narratives that could harm them! Any wonder then that our Muslim and Christian clerics have such awesome power to mislead once they go toxic? A contributor to an Online discussion on the mass salt bathe in Nigeria said.

      Only the grace of God and His wisdom should we continually seek.

      Thanks for the comment, always love hearing from you my friend. Hope all is well with you and your family. The Ebola virus is not for us.

      Best Regards. Francis

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