The novel coronavirus has already infected 90,000 people across over 60 countries and resulted in 3117 deaths. According to the Live Tracking Dashboard, India has 5 confirmed cases of the disease with no cure in place.
However, UP CM Yogi Adityanath seems unfazed. The Times of India quoted him speaking at the International Yog Festival in Rishikesh,
“The Indian tradition needs to be understood more deeply as it has tremendous things to offer through yoga. The world is waging a war against mental and physical illnesses. If these are cured, then no one will suffer from blood pressure, heart attack, kidney failure, liver failure or even coronavirus for that matter.”
ऋषिकेश, उत्तराखंड में आयोजित अंतरराष्ट्रीय योग महोत्सव-2020 में… https://t.co/u2jwXQnsUJ
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) March 1, 2020
Addressing the state assembly, Assam MLA Suman Haripriya also offered her two cents by claiming that cow urine and cow dung could be possible cures for COVID-19. India Today quoted her saying,
“The rishi munis (saints) had performed hawan by using cow dung and the air of about five-kilometre radius area was purified… Our government can also try to do this. Cow urine and cow dung have many medicinal qualities. In ancient times, the saints kept cows in their ashrams and they lived in a thousand years, but how was it possible? They had made panchamrit by using cow urine, milk, honey, and all their ailments were cured by using it. Coronavirus is an airborne disease and it can be cured by using ‘gaumutra’ and ‘gobar’.”
BJP MLA Suman Haripriya in Assam Assembly, earlier today: I believe gau-mutra (cow-urine) and gobar (cow-dung) could be used to treat coronavirus pic.twitter.com/3RLxR33eaT
— ANI (@ANI) March 2, 2020
Desi Twitter is entirely unconvinced though. People are questioning the logic behind these treatments.
Forward this recommendation to WHO please. They should know we have CMs like these.
— Neelam Sharma (@NSchd) March 1, 2020
— Princeeeee (@TweetOfPrincee) March 2, 2020
Yoga definitely enhances immune system but can our immune system fight against corona. Currently it doesn't seems so. Yes if one recovered, start doing yoga then maybe as immune system evolves too but Right now ,NO .
— pisean282311 (@pisean282311) March 2, 2020
Chinese Ambassador to Xi Jinping. 😃 pic.twitter.com/J1fK4gdT3N
— Ashish Mishra 🇮🇳 (@Dear_AMishra) March 2, 2020
She now deserves a degree in entire medical science.
— Satish Kapur (@SatishKapur4) March 2, 2020
Okay She's being sarcastic, right ? 🙄
— Syed Asad (@AsadGrey) March 2, 2020
Corona virus protection suit
— Mohammed Haris (@Mohamme74562462) March 2, 2020
ummm let us know how that works out for you…..
— Lisa (@LAH4) March 2, 2020
The WHO recommends that everyone wash their hands with soap, keep a distance from those who are ill, follow good respiratory hygiene and seek medical assistance if feeling unwell as preventive measures against the coronavirus.