CORONA VIROUS GOVT POLICY

CORONA VIROUS GOVT POLICY

30/01/2020

WORLD NEWS SERVICE

Except, that is, in India. Along with the usual hygienic niceties, a government authority this week told the public exactly what to do while we wait for a vaccine: on an empty stomach, take one dose of the homeopathic solution, Arsenicum album30, each day for three days.

Then, in a month, if the outbreak still poses a threat, rinse and repeat.

Far from being a "prophylactic medicine", as the ministry suggests, this miracle concoction is, in reality, a super-diluted form of arsenic trioxide. Not only is the compound known to be fatal if improperly used, but there's also no evidence to suggest it works on the coronavirus, or any other condition for that matter.

If it weren't for the Dalai Lama recently telling his followers to chant a mantra as protection, India's purported tips to fend off the coronavirus might be the least effective advice offered yet.

Now, the two will have to battle for that top spot, and India's ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy) has even more nonsensical suggestions to offer in the fight.

Among them are a whole array of herbal potions and mixes, a drop of sesame oil in each nostril upon waking, and a "light and soft" diet.

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