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India: Cow dung is not a cure for COVID - doctors warn

 Doctors in India are now sending message to warn their citizens, saying cow dung is not a cure for the deadly virus. 






With India's worsening COVID situation, believers in the state of Gujarat in western India have been going to cow shelters once a week to apply their bodies with cow's dung and urine in desperate move to boost their immunity, or in hope to help them recover from coronavirus.





In Hinduism, the cow is sacred symbol of life and the earth, and for centuries, Hindus have used cow dung to clean their homes and for prayer rituals, believing it has therapeutic and antiseptic properties.




An associate manager at a pharmaceuticals company Gautam Manilal Borisa shared:





"We see ... even doctors come here. Their belief is that this therapy improves their immunity and they can go and tend to patients with no fear." 




He recalled that the practice had step up after one patient said it helped him recover from COVID-19 last year.





However, doctors have raised concern that Cow dung has no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other disease. 




According to Johns Hopkins University, India has recorded 23.3- million cases with the most recent seven-day rolling average of daily infections at 380,000. Other experts believe the true number of new daily infections is far from actual with estimated daily infections running at between 1.5 - 2 million, with daily estimated deaths to over 15,000.

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