Even as China battles the outbreak of deadly coronavirus, the AYUSH ministry Wednesday issued a health advisory and recommended that traditional Indian medicine practices—Homeopathy, Ayurveda, and Unani—could be effective in the prevention of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infections.
The advisory, which was issued following a meeting of the scientific advisory board of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) under the Ministry of AYUSH, drew strong reaction on social media, with many criticising it. As of now, there is no specific cure or vaccine for the novel coronavirus, which causes severe acute respiratory infection. The virus that has so far killed 132 people and affected at least 6,000 others in China.
The AYUSH ministry has recommended that homoeopathic medicine Arsenicum album 30 could be taken empty stomach daily for three days as a prophylactic medicine against the infection. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule in case the nCoV infection prevails in the community, the advisory said, adding that the same has also been advised for prevention of influenza-like illness.
It has also suggested some Ayurvedic medicines, Unani decoctions and home remedies which can be useful in symptomatic management of nCoV infections. It also suggested general hygienic measures for prevention of air-borne infections such as maintaining personal hygiene, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Besides, the ministry has advised covering face while coughing or sneezing and preferably using an N95 mask while travelling or working in public places to avoid droplet transmissions. “If you suspect Corona Viral infection, wear a mask and contact your nearest hospital immediately,” the advisory said.
Here are some reactions on Twitter:
— Shaun Lintern (@ShaunLintern) January 29, 2020
Indian government publicly recommending homeopathy for “prevention” of a new coronavirus about which there is barely an information yet. They’ve published a whole list of unani medicines.
— Zeba Siddiqui (@zebatweets) January 29, 2020
This is ridiculous beyond measure
— Vishakh (@sketchycritique) January 29, 2020
Number of Indian lives saved by homeopathy from coronavirus will be exactly the same as lives saved by homeopathy from HIV. https://t.co/JK7caXTgxj
— Oommen C. Kurian (@oommen) January 29, 2020
According to World Heath Organisation, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. CoV are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
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