Southeastern Şanlıurfa province's Provincial Health Director Emre Erkuş warned the locals that hot peppers will not protect them from COVID-19.
The director noted that residents of southeastern Turkey had a false perception that the heat also prevented the spread of coronavirus, along with hot pepper.
"We saw a spike in cases during the hot months, when a lot of hot pepper was consumed. So we saw that these conceptions were false," Erkuş said.
The director was also treated for COVID-19 and said that it was a painful recovery, and urged locals to adhere to precautions.Health Minister slams Istanbulites' Sunday outing amid COVID-19