As the novel coronavirus grips India with six confirmed cases, astounding statements about its cure are being passed off as possible ‘cures’ and ‘treatments’. The latest of these comes from a BJP legislator in Assam.
Suman Haripriya claimed that the remedy to the virus may be ‘gaumutra’ (cow urine) and ‘gobar’ (cow dung).
On Monday, 3 March, during a discussion on the smuggling of cattle to Bangladesh on the first day of the budget session of the assembly, she said,
FIT spoke with Dr Sumit Ray, a Senior Consultant, Critical Care Medicine, who said that there are no scientific studies to support these claims.
Dr. Pooja Kohli, Vice President of Ayurveda Growth, NirogStreet, told FIT that although Ayurveda texts describe eight types of animal urines that may be used in medicine, there is no evidence to say that these can be of any use in treating the coronavirus, especially because the scientific world is still trying to understand the relatively new disease.
There Is No Certain Antiviral Treatment for COVID-19 yet
Since December last year when the first few cases of coronavirus were being reported from China’s Wuhan, it is being reiterated that this virus has never been encountered in humans before.
This is why there is no anti-viral medicine or vaccine to treat or prevent it, which means the only way to manage it is to detect and work on the symptoms of the disease. Scientists all over the world are trying to develop a vaccine.
To prevent contracting the infection, it is advisable to wash or sanitize hands regularly, maintain respiratory hygiene, avoid close contact with people who seem to have the symptoms and also avoid traveling to places where cases have been reported.
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