Caveat Emptor

These are unprecedented times.  This post is more for the future, so that we can look back at this horrible time when we were in dire straits, deep doo-doo and holy shi*t all at once! This is the “World War II” of our generation!  Unlike WWII, how we come out of it on the other side depends on all of us, not just the healthcare workers toiling on the front lines!

It is imperative that we all follow the guidelines that the experts are pounding into us non-stop via all the media. In addition, we have also been getting inundated via social media about many other ways to control and even cure the CoronaVirus (COVID-19). I wanted to compile all the proposed methods/ideas that I have been getting (from social media and news) so that they are available as a reference for all. Several years down the road, we could take a look at this list to see which one (if any) of these or a combination of these actually helped. As you can imagine, this will be a running list which I will keep updating as I receive new recommendations.  While the following items may or may not have other generic benefits, they have been included here because of the very specific claims about CoronaVirus (COVID-19). 

1. Washing hands regularly and thoroughly

2. Eating only vegetarian food

3. Doing yoga

4. Social distancing and isolation/quarantining as needed

5. Doing Pranayama

6. Using Ayurvedic medicines

7. Repeat Allah’s prayer (Du’a for protection) – 3 times in the
morning and 3 times in the evening.

8. Eating haldi mixed with honey before sunrise

9. Gayatri mantra

10. Ask Jesus to heal you

11. Ashwagandha (“This stops the blending of Corona protein with human protein”)

12. Jim Bakker’s Silver Solution

13. Pope asking “The Lord to stop the epidemic”

14. Homeopathic pills : Aconite, Rhus Tox, Belladonna

15. Gau mutra/dung

16. Banana a day keeps Corona away

17. Rosary for protection of families from CoronaVirus

18. Acupuncture/acupressure: Press pressure point LI-11 5 times:  Increases your immunity against COVID-19

19. Chanting Maha Mrityunjaya mantras to generate vibrations to ward
off the negative and evil forces and to protect your family from the deadly effects of COVID-19

20.  HydroxyChloroquine + Azithromycin

21. Use of hand sanitizer

22. Turmeric and Rasam Powder

23. Religious group chanting “Go Corona” as a group while holding candles

24. Hydroxychloroquine is a component of Kalonji Seeds (Nigella Sativa)  – “There is healing in black cumin for all diseases except death” — Islamic literature

25. “Bringing Ultraviolet or very powerful light inside the body”

26. “Injecting disinfectant inside .. knocks it out in a minute.. almost a cleaning!”

27. Vitamin C and Zinc

28. Coronil – from Patanjali (Baba Ramdev), “100% favourable results during the clinical trial COVID-19 patients“.

29. Immunity Booster Rotla – at Patel Brothers

30. Bhabhiji brand Papad – “has edible elements that can help create antibodies which will prove to be helpful in fighting coronavirus.” (Indian politician).

31. Weight lifting and other misc Crossfit steps proposed by Marjorie Greene as “Covid protection“.

32. Eleven day Yagna being conducted at Ujjain Temple with a view to cast out COVID-19 (reported in “The Hindu” on 4/9/2021).

33. Vaccines from : Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Covishield, Covaxin, Astra-Zeneca, Sputnik V, CoviVac, SinoVac, CanSino, Wuhan Institute

34. Dry ginger powder

It is entirely possible that some of these were sent out by non-experts. So, I am assuming that people will take them with a pinch of salt! (and turmeric?)   🙂 

As I am not an expert in any of these, I am refraining from giving my opinion of them.

Stay safe and try to keep your spirits up.

Author: Yash

I immigrated to the US in 1983 from India. I feel that I have been here long enough to not be called FOB (Fresh-off-the-Boat) by my kids. But I guess they seem to have some other standards which involve pronouncing words like "Vote" ,"Vending" and "Video" properly - which I guess I will never achieve (because of my 21 years in India) - so, I am going to pass myself as that Indian with an "exotic" accent!! My interests : WRITING - Just realized that most of my work so far has been Nostalgia-centric. I enjoy this genre and feel it's an un-ending well that I can draw from. As a matter of fact, this right here is fresh nostalgia for 10 years down the road!! (-: GOLF - I am terrible at it and it's a damn frustrating game, but I still love it ("painful pleasure"). One of these days I will actually take lessons so that I won't embarrass myself too much on the golf course. As long as there are golf courses around here (with low standards) that would allow me to play - I will play and enjoy golf!! STAND-UP - I have started dabbling (performing) in stand-up comedy recently and am loving the feedback I have been getting! I am going to attribute this newfound hobby to mid-life crisis! :-) (as an alternative to a toupee or a red sports car or a girlfriend-on-the-side!!). Here's clip of my very first performance on April 14th 2019: MUSIC - I am a huge fan of Shakti (John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Vinayakram, L.Shankar) as well as their later avatar - "Remember Shakti" (John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Selva Ganesh, Mandolin Sreenivas, Shankar Mahadevan). Thoroughly enjoyed the two live concerts that I attended of this fusion group. I enjoy Hindustani and Carnatic classical instrumental music. YOUTUBE - YouTube has an unbelievable amount of entertainment from which you can draw your specific narrow niche!! In my case - these areas happen to be - street foods from various parts of the world, Indian classical music, debates about religion & belief, Indian Classical Music played by non Indian (e.g. Ukrainians doing wonderful Bharatanatyam, a French lady performing amazingly in a Carnatic Concert, a Chinese lady teaching Bharatanatyam in China etc.)

6 thoughts on “Caveat Emptor”

  1. Thank you for the list.. already practicing few with the hope that one or other will definitely work

  2. One thing you forgot – some religious/evangelicals chanting/repeating ‘Go Corona’ while holding candles!!

    1. Hi Ravi – Yes, I do remember seeing that clip of a large group chanting “Go Corona”. The last thing we need now is a large gathering like that!
      Also, it’s good to know that Corona understands english..

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