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From gaumutra to magnets, it’s all anti-coronavirus

Novel coronavirus inspires inventive defences against the disease.

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Last Updated: Apr 02, 2020, 07.57 AM IST
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Members of All India Hindu Mahasabha got together for drinking gaumutra during a cow urine party, which according to them helps in warding off coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, on March 14, 2020.
Members of All India Hindu Mahasabha got together for drinking gaumutra during a cow urine party, which according to them helps in warding off coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, on March 14, 2020.
Even as the global medical fraternity braces to find a remedy for Covid-19 — with hydroxychloroquine emerging as a frontrunner after US President Donald Trump’s precipitate endorsement of it despite his own health experts expressing reservations — alternative cures and preventives abound, with emphasis on ‘alternative’.

In Gujarat, an oncology surgeon, who is a former Union minister of state for health and family welfare, is an eloquent advocate for the ingestion of cow urine, or gaumutra, to help ward off the pathogen.

“Apart from improving digestion, gaumutra strengthens the lymphocytes and is rich in antioxidants,” the ex-mantri affirmed, while commending the use of gaumutra ‘ark’ that puts paid to ‘malicious microbes’.

Such is the efficacy of this bovine product’s advocacy that it has emerged as a much-needed boost to the local economy, with sales of 6,000 litres per day.

Meanwhile, a Melbourne astrophysicist tried to fabricate a device involving magnets that would alert him if his hands came too close to his face, a strict no-no in preventing infection.

He began randomly attaching magnets to his face, eventually putting one in each nostril, where ‘they all closed together’, leaving the would-be inventor literally breathless, and in need of hospital care.

Such homespun remedies evoke the old injunction, ‘Physician, heal thyself ’!

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