First publised on 2020-03-15 17:52:15
Before Covid-19, or the more common name coronavirus, came up, piles topped the list of diseases for which people offered free advice. People say that any and everyone who came to know about someone suffering from piles had a remedy to offer. People also say each one of these remedies is different, making piles the only disease that could allegedly be cured in a million ways. But after coronavirus has rapidly spread, people say that the same free advice is being offered for it by all.
Ignoring the basic safety measures being publicized by the government and self-help groups, some know-alls are going around delivering remedies that range from dadima's nuskhas to superstitious acts with religious overtones. Social media is flooded with such advice. Many self-styled godmen are holding yagnas to ward off the "evil spirit" of Covid-19.
People say that they are being advised to season a raw onion with salt and leave it overnight. It has to be consumed on empty stomach first thing the next morning. That will ensure one is not infected with the virus. Then, others are circulating the picture of Arsenic Album 30, a homeopathic medicine, and advising people to take three doses for three days to become immune from an attack. At other places, godmen are organizing yagnas and asking their followers to drink cow urine or gaumutra which they say will keep them safe. People say a million other 'remedies' are being forwarded daily on WhatsApp and other chat apps.
People say that this disease of giving unsolicited free 'advice' is worse than any other disease. People say that those who do not understand the disease or the danger lurking around the corner should not involve themselves in spreading stupid messages. People say these busybodies should restrict themselves to advise by competent medical persons and ensure that there is no community transmission of the virus.