I am beginning to assume that frequent sense actually will not be that frequent in any case – we dwell in exceedingly silly instances. Exhibit 874: US anti-vaxxers are actually urging individuals to drink their very own urine to battle coronavirus. Over the weekend, Christopher Key, the chief of an anti-Covid-19 vaccine group known as the “Vaccine Police”, posted videos on-line extolling the well being advantages of what he described as “urine remedy”. Based on the wizard of wee, there may be “tons and tons of analysis … [and] peer-reviewed revealed papers on urine”; so in case you do your individual pee-search you’ll uncover it’s God’s personal antidote to Covid-19. “This vaccine is the worst bioweapon I’ve ever seen,” Key mentioned. “I drink my very own urine!”
That isn’t the one questionable factor he does. Key was just lately arrested for refusing to wear a mask and filming proceedings throughout a court docket listening to. The explanation he was in court docket? He was arrested in April for refusing to put on a masks at a Entire Meals retailer. In August he made headlines for suggesting that pharmacists should be executed for administering coronavirus vaccines; in December he additionally set off on a highway journey throughout the US with a pretend badge and firearms, in a mission to arrest a Democratic governor over vaccine mandates. Very busy man, our Mr Key! I can’t assist considering that if his identify was Mohammed his shenanigans would have had him locked up in Guantánamo Bay by now.
Key’s “urine remedy” is way from the one experimental – and extremely doubtful – Covid “treatment” to be promoted in the course of the pandemic. All of us keep in mind the previous US president’s comments on the benefits of injecting bleach. Final yr noticed a chronic bout of Ivermectin-mania. Now, together with urine, the appropriate appears to be fixated on Viagra and colloidal silver. Fox Information’s Tucker Carlson, who has repeatedly questioned the efficacy and security of Covid vaccines, just lately devoted a portion of his present to hyping the potential of Viagra as a possible treatment. Carlson seized on the story of a British nurse reportedly recovering from a Covid-19 coma, after being given a dose of Viagra, to sing the little blue tablet’s praises. “Is there something [Viagra] doesn’t treatment?” Carlson joked. Sure, I’m afraid it doesn’t seem to treatment stupidity.
Talking of which, the conservative media persona Candace Owens just lately informed her social media followers that she takes a “teaspoon a day” of colloidal silver, a product that has additionally been touted as a Covid treatment by the likes of Infowars founder Alex Jones. I’m positive I don’t have to inform you this however there may be zero proof that colloidal silver will help with Covid. Quite the opposite, taking an excessive amount of can flip your pores and skin blue completely and, in uncommon circumstances, may even kill you. (I can by no means resist a possibility to big-up my hero Wilkie Collins, so I urge you to learn his underrated novel Poor Miss Finch, a few blind lady who falls in love with similar twins, one in all whom turns blue after making an attempt to treatment his epilepsy with silver. The novel received’t treatment Covid however it could present short-term reprieve from existential ennui.)
The quantity of misinformation about Covid cures is extremely miserable, and it’s important that we maintain to account the individuals spreading harmful falsehoods, and undermining belief within the vaccine. Nonetheless, allow us to be clear: the largest impediment in direction of ending this pandemic will not be kooks equivalent to Key and Owens. The impediment is the wealthy international locations which have been hoarding vaccines, and the likes of Pfizer and Moderna, who’ve been slow to license their vaccine technology (developed with taxpayer cash) to poor international locations. The truth that large pharma is making billions from a public well being disaster is unconscionable. I’m very pro-vaccine however I’m operating out of enthusiasm for boosters. The thought of probably having to get a fourth shot quickly, whereas a lot of the world nonetheless can’t entry a primary dose, makes me sick. If solely we had a vaccine for greed.