Traditional Cure for Covid-19

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There is so much contradictory literature in circulation on the Covid-19 virus and its cure that the reader is left utterly confused.

I learnt one piece of wisdom from an Indian Imam officiating in my village mosque. He remarked that Mauritians go to see the doctor for any minor ailment which Indians cure at home. I immediately thought of my childhood days when traditional cure was used successfully to relieve headache, fever, diarrhea, cough, etc.

The messages flooding the social media mention, among other things, getting rid of Covid-19 by drinking a hot liquid, or inhaling steam from a mixture of water and eucalyptus, ginger and/or cloves, or consuming ginger and curcumin. Furthermore a room can be made Covid-free if sliced onions are randomly scattered around.

What if these are tried and tested methods? What if a controlled group from those in quarantine is given those remedies? There are two possible outcomes: either the person giving them will be made a laughing stock of in case of failure, or in case of success, he will be a hero.

The “white coat” syndrome is so deeply ingrained that the vast majority of readers will call me mad. Those who are desperate will try the cures. I can remember having been made a laughing stock of even when, with the help of an alternative medicine practitioner, some patients suffering from an ailment considered “incurable” by the MAYO Institute were miraculously cured.


* Published in print edition on 16 March 2021

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