New Delhi: At the onset of the novel coronavirus, which has now become a pandemic and India is officially under a 21-day lockdown, one Indian organisation came under fire for promoting cow urine as a cure to coronavirus infection. Even there were several parties held to distribute cow urine. But it turns out that cow urine is not the only one. There was volcanic ash. Multiple posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube claimed ash produced by a volcano eruption in the Philippines in January 2020 can prevent the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The posts claim the volcano eruption helps to explain why the Philippines is “not that much affected” by COVID-19. The claim is misleading; the World Health Organisation (WHO) busted the myth. Also Read - WHO Encourages People to Make Cashless Payments Amid Coronavirus Crisis
In the latest instance, Iran media has claimed that 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic. “It comes as fake remedies spread across social media in Iran, where people remain deeply suspicious of the government after it downplayed the crisis for days before it overwhelmed the country,” the Associated Press reported. Also Read - 'No Friday Prayers,' Orders Muslim Law Board Due to Coronavirus Lockdown
Iranian social media accounts in Farsi falsely suggested a British school teacher and others cured themselves of the coronavirus with whiskey and honey, based on a tabloid story from early February. Mixed with messages about the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, some wrongly believed drinking high-proof alcohol would kill the virus in their bodies. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: 'By April, India Could Become Italy, Iran'
Methanol cannot be smelled or tasted in drinks. It causes delayed organ and brain damage. Symptoms include chest pain, nausea, hyperventilation, blindness and even coma.
(With Agency Inputs)