As COVID-19 ravages India, some have taken to rubbing cow feces and urine on their our bodies as a strategy to battle the virus.
Medical doctors are warning towards the observe, saying there’s no proof it boosts immunity or helps deal with COVID.
“There are additionally well being dangers concerned in smearing or consuming these merchandise – different ailments can unfold from the animals to people,” Dr. JA Jayalal, nationwide president of the Indian Medical Affiliation, advised Reuters.
In Hinduism, the cow is a scared image of life and earth.
Some residents of Gujarat within the western a part of the nation have been visiting cow shelters to rub the excrement on their our bodies, then hug or honor the cows whereas the combination dries.
When it does, it’s washed off with milk or buttermilk.
India has been hit with greater than 22 million instances of the coronavirus and over 246,000 deaths though specialists say the quantity might be a lot greater. Elements of the nation have struggled to maintain up with the demand for hospital house, oxygen and PPE provides.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, stated the nation must construct up the equal of area hospitals and work with different nations to ramp up vaccine manufacturing and distribution.
These efforts might solely work if Indian officers take a look at authorities shut downs as an choice to sluggish the unfold, Fauci stated throughout a Sunday look on ABC “This Week.”
“You might want to break the chain of transmission and one of many methods to do this is to close down,” he stated.
With Submit wires.