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Can Cow Urine and Dung Cure Coronavirus? Read To Know

Cow urine, one of the most debated topics in India, is again making the headlines as Hindu Mahasabha president Swami Chakrapani Maharaj has claimed that Cow urine and dung can cure coronavirus. There are several research reports on the merits and demerits of cow urine and cow dung but concrete evidence is yet to be obtained for either.

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Cow urine, one of the most debated topics in India, is again making the headlines as Hindu Mahasabha president Swami Chakrapani Maharaj has claimed that Cow urine and dung can cure coronavirus. There are several research reports on the merits and demerits of cow urine and cow dung but concrete evidence is yet to be obtained for either. 

In the current scenario almost all countries, either affected by Novel Coronavirus or not, are working towards finding a permanent solution to this deadly virus. So far, 3 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in India while in Indian state Kerala, coronavirus outbreak has been declared a state disaster.

While the statement made by Swami Chakrapani Maharaj was backed by no proof but theoretical beliefs, we tried searching if cow urine and dung can indeed cure Novel coronavirus. In our investigation, we first checked the official website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, but we couldn’t find any such information on the Ministry’s website. We found an advisory issued by the Government of India in 2013 that extensively talks about one of the viruses from the same family. The advisory was issued for Haj Pilgrims in 2013 in the wake of 96 confirmed cases of Middle East coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and 47 deaths because of the outbreak in 2012-13. The advisory talks about the preventive measure and cures of the virus but carries no mention of the cow urine.

https://web.archive.org/web/20170701045328/http://mohfw.gov.in/sites/default/files/87062155.pdf

We further went on to research more about the medicinal use of cow urine and dung. We found research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The research talks about the benefits and medicinal use of cow dung and urine but like GOI’s 2012-13 advisory, this research also carries no mention of cow urine or dung can cure coronavirus. 

Chemotherapeutic potential of cow urine: A review

In the grim scenario where presently about 70% of pathogenic bacteria are resistant to at least one of the drugs for the treatment, cue is to be taken from traditional/indigenous medicine to tackle it urgently. The Indian traditional knowledge emanates …

As we searched further, we found a report published by Times Of India which negates the claim made by Swami Chakrapani. The report not just rubbishes the claim made by Swami Chakrapani but also questions the intention behind making such a baseless claim.

Coronavirus: Can cow dung and urine help cure the novel coronavirus? – Times of India

The death toll from coronavirus in on the rise in China and its diagnosis in several other nations is just increasing fear and panic among people.

We also found a report published by Gulf News which lists Chakrapani’s claim as unusual treatment for the coronavirus along with the other items.

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We checked the Twitter handles of Indian Health Ministry and Press Information Bureau for their advisories on the issue and what all we found has no mention of the cow urine or dung. 

We also checked the websites of some other global health agencies but we couldn’t find any mention of cow urine or dung curing the coronavirus.

Clinical Criteria: Evaluating 2019-nCoV PUIs | CDC

Updated February 2, 2020 Limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with 2019-nCoV. No vaccine or specific treatment for 2019-nCoV infection is available; care is supportive. The CDC clinical criteria for a 2019-nCoV patient under investigation (PUI) have been developed based on what is known about MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV and are subject to change as additional information becomes available.

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据国家卫健委网站消息,国家卫生健康委办公厅、国家中医药管理局办公室22日发布关于印发新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎诊疗方案(试行第三版)的通知。通知称,为进一步指导全国科学规范做好新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎病例诊断和医疗救治工作,我们组织专家对诊疗方案进行修订,形成了《新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎诊疗方案(试行第三版)》。 附:新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎诊疗方案(试行第三版) …

The World Health Organization has rubbished many such claims in a Twitter thread made by its official handle, however, it hasn’t issued any statement if cow urine and dung can cure coronavirus.

However, according to media reports, a coronavirus patient has been cured in Thailand and the cure to this virus has been reportedly found by the researchers in Thailand.

First local virus patient ‘cured’

No infections detected in Wuhan evacuees The first locally infected patient, a taxi driver (blue shirt), has been declared free of the coronavirus and discharged. He was present at a press conference at the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi province on Wednesday.

Thailand claims coronavirus break-through: Patient now ‘disease-free’

Someone who is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus can spread it with just a simple cough or a sneeze, scientists say. At least 493 people with the virus are now confirmed to have died and more than 24,600 have been infected in at least 28 countries and regions.

The claim cow urine and dung can cure coronavirus is ‘Misleading’

In our verification, we found several media reports, research reports, and advisories that talk about prevention and cure of the disease but there was no mention of cow urine and dung in these reports hence the claim made by the Hindu Mahasabha president Swami Chakrapani is ‘Misleading’.

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Result: Misleading

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Claim On Pune’s Steam Bar Treating or Preventing COVID-19 Is False

Steam inhalation as a treatment or preventive measure of COVID-19 is not listed by the World Health Organisation.

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False claim on Pune's steam bar treating or preventing COVID-19

A social media user claims that a steam bar with inhalers treats or prevents COVID-19 in Pune. The claim is accompanied by a video which shows people seated in front of pipes used as steam inhalers. 

“Latest business in #India: The Steam bar, It is inhalers, which treats or prevents #COVID19 in Pune” the tweet reads. 

Other social media users have shared this claim as well. 

Latest business in #India: The Steam bar, It is inhalers, which treats or prevents #COVID19 in Pune: #corona #Covid19 #fightwithcorona

Posted by LIVE Ahmedabad on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

लो कल्लो बात 😎Latest business in #India: The Steam bar, It is inhalers, which treats or prevents #COVID19 in Pune:

Posted by Sanjieva Shankhdhar on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Fact Check/ Verification

Different states in India continue to witness a rise in COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra, the epicentre of coronavirus in India has 2,75,404 active cases as of 8am on 25 September. It’s followed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh which have 95,568, 69,353 and 61,300 active cases respectively. 

At a time like this, the claim on Pune’s steam bar with inhalers has been shared by many social media users in the past few days. 

Steam inhalation can thin mucus and help it drain from the nose when experiencing  nasal congestion. “Controlled studies show that these remedies do not kill viruses in the respiratory tract. Besides, there are no studies testing the effect of these remedies on preventing infection by the novel coronavirus,” state the voluntary group of scientists, Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19, in their Hoaxbusters section. 

The Hoaxbusters section on the Indian Scientists' Response to COVID-19 website debunks steam inhalation as COVID-19 treatment.
The Hoaxbusters section on the Indian Scientists’ Response to COVID-19 website debunks steam inhalation as COVID-19 treatment

On the other hand, a 2015 study published by the Spanish Pediatrics Association takes note of the burns or scalds that can be caused due to hot water or steam. “Steam inhalation therapy (SIT), which has been used traditionally and is still employed today to treat mild respiratory tract infections despite the lack of evidence to support its effectiveness, can also cause burns indirectly through scalding.”

Also steam inhalation as a treatment or preventive measure of COVID-19 is not listed by the World Health Organisation

“While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease,” notes the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 

On 23 September, Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital, Dr FaheemYounus, responded to the initial claim saying, “ Let’s not turn fear into business. This is completely useless.”

Note: We were unable to locate the exact steam bar from the claim. 

In the last six months, we’ve also debunked many other claims related to cure and prevention of coronavirus. You can read related fact checks here

Conclusion 

The recent claim which states that a steam bar with inhalers treats or prevents COVID-19 in Pune is false. Currently, there is no known medicine or treatment that can cure COVID-19. 

Result: False 

Our Sources

Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19: https://indscicov.in/for-public/busting-hoaxes/

A study by Spanish Pediatrics Association: https://www.analesdepediatria.org/en-severe-burns-related-steam-inhalation-articulo-S2341287914001343

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public\

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital, Dr FaheemYounus: https://twitter.com/FaheemYounus/status/1308820077324701696?s=20

WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/qa/how-do-i-use-steam-for-congestion


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False Claim About People in China Not Taking Any Medicine Or Vaccine For Coronavirus Goes Viral

Contrary to the claim which says that people in China have stopped going to the hospital for cure, news report from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency says otherwise.

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People in China are not killing coronavirus with heat or recovering in five days.

Claim 

A social media post claims that the Chinese aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for coronavirus. They’re instead killing the virus with heat and recovering in five days. 

We received the above image on our Whatsapp verification number. The claim which is an image of a social media post allegedly posted by Tahir Mahmood Chaudry starts with a disclaimer that the message is a translation from an Indian living in Wuhan. 

Using keywords we found multiple social media posts with the same claim being circulated since April, 2020. See of few examples below:

Fact Check

The claim in context was allegedly posted by Tahir Mahmood Chaudry, Executive director at Ovex Technologies. Chaudry’s social media profiles confirm his designation, but whether he posted this claim or not remains unknown. We’ve reached out to him for verification and will update the copy if we receive a response. 

Moving on to the first part of the claim which says, 

“Chinese are not taking any medicine or any vaccine for Corona virus. Every household has a Corona virus case. They have stopped going to hospital for cure. They instead kill the virus with heat.” 

We found no credible news report or information from any official source which supports the claim that every household in China has a COVID-19 case and that they aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for it. 

Contrary to the claim which says that people in China have stopped going to the hospital for cure,  a 30 June news report from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency states, “By Monday, the Chinese mainland had reported a total of 1,918 imported cases. Of the cases, 1,830 had been discharged after recovery, and 88 remained hospitalized. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.” 

The second part of the claim states, 

“Very Hot Steam Inhalation from kettle 4 times a day

Hot Gargles 4 times a day

Hot tea 4 times a day

Virus dies in 4 days.

5th Day you are Corona Negative.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that our normal body temperature remains around 36.5 degree Celsius to 37 degree Celsius irrespective of temperature of the bath or shower. In fact baths from extremely hot water can burn us. 

The WHO also also clarified that while some traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate mild COVID-19 symptoms, there is no known vaccine or medicine to prevent or cure the disease so far. 

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in its immunity boosting guidelines recommends general measures such as drinking warm water, herbal tea, and steam inhalation among other things. But it also clearly states that this advisory is in no way a treatment for COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in its COVID-19 guidelines also states that there is no vaccine or specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. 

You can read our other fact checks related to the novel coronavirus here.

Conclusion 

The social media post claiming that the Chinese aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for coronavirus and other included details are false. 

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Result: False 

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Several social users posted a picture of a woman thrusting a syringe in man’s vein and claimed that the man in the picture is Bharat Biotech’s Vice President, Dr. VK Srinivas, and the first dose of the vaccine was administered on him.

According to a report in Live Mint, Bharat Biotech, an unlisted Indian vaccine maker, has received regulatory approval to start human clinical trials for its experimental shot. The phase 1 trial of Covaxine will begin next week. The company has planned to enroll 375 people in the first phase of clinical trials.

We found that the same image is viral on Twitter and Facebook with a caption, “Dr. V. K.Srinivas, Vice President, Bharat biotech, taking Corona vaccine clinical trial immediately after taking the first dose. He is the first person in India to take vaccine developed by him and his team in Bharat Biotech. Look at the confidence.”

Fact Check

As we began fact-checking the claim, we looked for some media reports backing the claim, but we did not find any authentic information to corroborate.

However, during our research, we came across the statement tweeted by Bharat Biotech. In a statement posted on their Twitter handle, Bharat Biotech said that individual images and messages circulated on social media platforms had not disseminated by Bharat biotech. The image is a routine procedural blood draw for testing all production staff.

We now searched, if Dr.VK Srinivas is the Vice President of the Bharat biotech. During our research, we did not find any results for his name. We found that Dr. V Krishna Mohan is the Executive Director, and T Srinivas is the Chief Financial Officer of the management team of the pharmaceutical.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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Result: False


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