Gee, that’s funny, considering that drinking camel urine and camel milk was reported to have been the cause of the MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus which began in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Arabiya An “Islamic medicine specialist” from Iran urged Iranians to drink camel urine, claiming it can cure several diseases including coronavirus, according to a video posted on Instagram which has since gone viral.
Drinking camel urine can cure lung diseases, asthma, and coronavirus, “Islamic medicine specialist” Mehdi Sabili said in a video shared on his Instagram page. “Islamic medicine” in Iran relies on the sayings of the Shia Imams to treat patients and is dismissive of modern medicine.
Sabili is the head of the “scientific-educational association of Imam Sadegh’s medicine” in Iran and has over 60,000 followers on Instagram. Sabili himself drank some camel urine in the video, saying he needed it to protect him from the air pollution in Tehran.
He advised his viewers to drink camel urine three times a day for three days and said that the urine is best drunk while in its “initial, hot temperature.”
Videos of a cleric giving coronavirus patients at a hospital in northern Iran a perfume to smell as a cure for the virus also went viral on social media last month. One of the coronavirus patients visited by the cleric died a few days later. The cleric, who is also a follower of Islamic medicine, was later arrested.
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 21, 2020
MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus) likely came from an animal source in the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to humans, MERS-CoV has been found in camels in several countries. Yet back then, nobody called it “racist” to identify its origin.
WHO First identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people. Scientific evidence suggests that people are infected through direct or indirect contact with infected dromedary camels.
The MERS virus (written as MERS-CoV) has been identified in dromedary camels in several countries, including Egypt, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Most MERS patients developed severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. About 3 or 4 out of every 10 patients reported with MERS have died.