NEW DELHI: While the whole world is fearing the novel coronavirus, the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey has some bizarre advice to keep ourselves protected.
The BJP leader claimed that if a person sits 15 minutes in the sun, he would remain safe from COVID-19 as it provides Vitamin D. Also to be mentioned here that he was the one who said that the urine of cow treats cancer.
"People should spend at least 10-15 minutes in the sunlight. The sunlight provides Vitamin D and also improves immunity. Sunlight will also kill such viruses (coronavirus)," he said during his interaction with the media outside the Parliament.
#WATCH Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey: People should spend at least 15 minutes in the sun. The sunlight provides Vitamin D, improves immunity and also kills such (#Coronavirus) viruses. pic.twitter.com/F80PX6VOmy— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2020
This unusual advice on the pandemic virus came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged to all the ministers and parliamentarians last night to not to any unscientific and outrageous claims. The Union Ministry released a three-page document that listed the preventive measures against the deadly COVID-19 and there was no mention of either sunlight or Vitamin D.
Surely, Sun is the biggest source of Vit. D but there is no scientific evidence that proves that abundance of sunlight or this vitamin will protect you against this virus.
The best measure still remains the same! Maintain social distance, practice good hygiene, wash your hands frequently with soap or disinfectant and do not touch your face with dirty hands. There have been no vaccination against the virus, however, testings are being done worldwide to develop one.
Earlier this month, an Assam BJP Legislator had claimed that cow urine and cow dung helps to cure the coronavirus-infected ones. Recently on Wednesday, Bengal police said that they arrested a BJP activist as a volunteer fell ill after drinking cow urine during a party event.
Around 170 positive cases of the virus have been reported in India so far. While 14 have been cured, three have lost their lives. The Indian government has shut international borders and suspended incoming visas from all the infected countries. State governments are also playing their part and have ordered to shut down all public spaces (malls, pools, theatres, educational institutions) and have appealed to people to refrain from large gatherings. People have also been encouraged to work from home in order to minimize the threat.
Globally, more than 2,00,000 people have been infected and the death toll has surpassed 8,000.