Indian politician who claimed to bathe in mud and blow conch offers immunity, tests positive for COVID-19

An Indian politician, Sukhbir Jaunapuria, who posted a video sitting in a mud pool with a conch shell in order to supposedly ward off the coronavirus, tested positive for the disease on September 14.

According to local media, on Monday he was one of 24 MPs (MPs) who tested positive for COVID-19.

A month before the results, the MP for Tonk – Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan uploaded a video to his Facebook page.

In the video, Jaunapuria was seen sitting in a muddy field with a conch in her hand.

Indian party member Bharatiya Janata (BJP) then claimed that blowing a conch shell and bathing in mud would improve his lung capacity and being close to nature would prevent him from getting infected with coronavirus.

“Get out there, get wet in the rain, sit in the dirt, work on the farm, blow a conch… and eat desi things. You gain immunity from doing these things, ”Jaunapuria said in the clip.

As news of Jaunapuria testing positive for COVID-19 surfaced online, many social media users have stalked him. Tweep @PremanandAlok wrote: “Thank you, Tonk-Sawai Madhopur BJP MP Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria for proving that mud, conch blast does not enhance immunity to coronavirus.”

Although what Jaunapuria said has gained attention online, he was not the first politician to give unproven advice on how to prevent COVID-19.

Recently, a Minister of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Imarti Devi, said she believed she was immune to the infection because she was born in cow dung and mud. The comment was reportedly made during a media standoff on September 3 and was widely shared online.

In July, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal promoted a papad (a thin fried cracker made from lentils) branded “ Bhabiji papad ”, claiming it was made from ingredients that help build antibodies against COVID-19. He then tested positive for the disease.

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