Corona Virus: Can Immunity Really be Increased With Desi Tips?

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On the one hand, where the government is making all efforts to stop the spread of corona virus infection, on the other hand, wrong and misleading information is being spread on Indian news channels and social media.
Here we will discuss some prominent examples related to it.

Traditional herbs do not increase your immunity against viruses.

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategy against the corona virus, he also advises the countrymen to use traditional herbs.

Prime Minister Modi has said in his address that people should follow the official guidelines to make the decoction. This will increase immunity.

The decoction is made by mixing many leaves and herbs. But medical experts believe that there is no evidence that the body’s resistance to fight against the virus can be increased in this way.

Yale University immunologist Akiko Iwasaki says, “The problem is that many such claims (which claim to have increased immunity) have no substantive basis.”

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy of India, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) promotes the traditional system of medicine and makes many claims regarding enhancing the immune system.

Many of these measures have been propagated from the Ministry specifically to prevent the corona virus. However, no scientific evidence is available about their effectiveness.

The Indian government’s fact-checking team has rejected such claims. These include measures like drinking hot water and gargling with vinegar and salt solution.

Incorrect statistics regarding the effect of lockdown

A popular Hindi channel ABP News showed a report claiming that if there had not been a lockdown, by April 15, there would have been eight lakh patients infected with the corona virus in India. The channel showed this data citing the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Amit Malviya, the head of the IT cell of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, tweeted this story and then thousands of people saw it and retweeted it.

But the Indian Ministry of Health says that no such study has ever happened. ICMR also did not confirm this.

Rajinikanth, the regional head of research management and policy, told a news channel, “ICMR has never done any study that mentions this effect of lockdown.”

Even after the health ministry’s refusal, ABP stood by the truth of its story.

However, the Ministry must say that there have been some ‘internal researches’ which give an estimate about the number of people getting infected but it has not been made public.

Since people in India have been living within strict restrictions since March 25, it cannot be said many people were really infected in the event of no lockdown.

Misconceptions about the effect of tea on corona

“Who knew that a cup of tea would cure this virus?”

This false claim is being spread on the social media quoting China’s doctor Li Wenliang. This is the same doctor who first told about this virus in Wuhan and later died of infection.

It is being claimed that Dr. Lee had presented evidence regarding the methylxanthine found in tea that reduces the effect of corona virus.

This post, which is floating extensively on social media, is also claiming that corona patients were being given tea three times a day in Chinese hospitals.

It is true that methylxanthine is found in tea. It is also found in coffee and chocolate.

But there is no evidence that Dr. Li Wenliang was doing any research on its effect on the corona. The truth is that he was an eye doctor, not a specialist working on the virus, nor were Corona patients in China being treated by drinking tea in the hospital.

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