The Thai government recently claimed success at treating asymptomatic and mild COVID with a medicinal herb called green chiretta. The herbal remedy was given to over 11,000 inmates with mild COVID. Just over 99% of them supposedly recovered, prompting the government to recommend the remedy for asymptomatic patients.

Unfortunately, there is no published data to back this claim. So if you have just had a positive test and you’re feeling fine, don’t rush to buy green chiretta. At least, not yet. Trials are underway and we should know more soon.

The latest data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows that people’s sense of wellbeing declined in the first year of the pandemic, but then it had been declining for years before that. The pandemic just exacerbated it. Plus, you might think that winning £184 million on the EuroMillions lottery would be good for your wellbeing, but the evidence suggests it’s more complicated than that.

Clint Witchalls

Health + Medicine Editor (UK edition)

Man holding jar of green chiretta. Narong Sangnak/EPA

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