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Thu Apr 16, 2020, 10:42 AM

As coronavirus spreads around the world, so too do the quack cures

As coronavirus spreads around the world, so too do the quack cures
Politicians, faith leaders and other authority figures have been touting dubious remedies
Emma Graham-Harrison Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro, Hannah Ellis-Petersen in New Delhi and Jason Burke in Johannesburg
Thu 16 Apr 2020 13.54 BST

Read here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/16/as-coronavirus-spreads-around-the-world-so-too-do-the-quack-cures

Just a few teasers....

In India, politicians from the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party have been touting cow urine as a cure for Covid-19. In Tanzania the president has promised that taking communion in church would “burn” the virus away. In Brazil a congressman claimed a day of fasting would halt its spread.

And the leader of the most powerful country in the world, Donald Trump, has been touting as a miracle cure an unproven anti-malarial drug that has contributed to at least one death.
In Israel cases soared in the ultra-orthodox community as much as four to eight times faster than elsewhere in the country, after its leaders dismissed government regulations. The most senior ultra-orthodox rabbi, Chaim Kanievsky, had initially refused to close packed synagogues and religious seminaries. “The Torah protects and saves,” the 92-year-old said, only in late March relenting and making a call to lone prayer.

In Brazil, Marcos Feliciano, a rightwing pentecostal preacher and congressman, promoted an anti-Covid “day of abstinence” on Sunday 5 April, claiming the fasting would produce a miracle to heal Brazil.

I'm at a total loss for words.........

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