‘Cow Dung Therapy’ can not beat COVID, but yes, it may lead to ‘Black Fungus’

While some in India believe that lighting incense sticks at homes and performing ‘havans’ can help the country get rid of the virus, some people in the State of Gujrat have resorted to “cow-dung therapy” to treat the COVID-19 infection. As soon as the news of people smearing
cow dung on their bodies went viral, doctors in the state warned people against the practice and said that such a “therapy” cannot restrict the COVID virus but in fact might cause other infections such as mucormycosis.

With no scientific proof, the popularity of cow dung and cow urine as a ‘cure’ for coronavirus have increased since the pandemic arrived in our country. Raising concerns over such activities and beliefs, many experts in the country have raised concerns over the possibility of fungal infection, called Mucormycosis or black fungus, due to the use of cow dung.

Recently, a group of people was reported to have been visiting a cow shelter run by Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Prathisthanam (SGVP) in Ahmedabad to take the therapy, believing that it would increase their immunity against the COVID-19 infection.

Doctors and medical experts have warned people against using cow dung to ward off COVID-19 by stating that cow dung does not give any protection against the viral infection, and could cause other infections like black fungus, which can be fatal.

Mucormycosis, also known as Black Fungus is a serious and rare fungal infection caused by a group of fungi called mucormycetes. The infection has been recently reported in some COVID-19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes and prolonged hospital stay. The fungal infection has high mortality rate of 50 percent and can cause serious illness among patients resulting in loss of eyesight, removal of the nose and jaw bone.

Taking a jibe at this shocking therapy performed by a group of men in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav too tweeted a video on Twitter responding, “Should we laugh about it or cry” (ab iss par hasse ya roye).

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