KATHMANDU, April 19: A video of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli talking about the coronavirus has gone viral on social media platforms. During a video conference meeting held last week with the chief ministers of seven provinces, PM Oli is seen explaining the nature of coronavirus, its treatment and transmission methods.
However, his attempt to educate the chief ministers about the virus with scientifically not proven facts has been a matter of mockery on Facebook and Twitter. One of the most controversial statements PM Oli makes is that the coronavirus is a non-living being and its outer fatty layer makes the virus a living organism, and hot water melts its outer fatty layer.
Medical practitioners and researchers across the world are currently struggling to find out why the medicine available for similar kinds of disease has not been able to kill or eliminate the coronavirus. PM Oli has an easy explanation to this. He says that the reason why none of the drugs or available treatments have failed to kill or eliminate the virus is because it is not a living organism. "How do we kill something that has no life?" he asks.
PM Oli also says that taking hot steam, drinking hot water and washing hands and face with warm water are the most effective ways to cure the virus. Reuters has fact-checkedclaims of steam therapy killing coronavirus, and says it is false. The WHO does not suggest steam therapy as a cure for this virus.
Harvard researchers used close genetic cousins of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — to model how it might behave in the coming months. But they arrived at a conclusion that drinking or washing hands and face with warm water does not help to rid off the virus.
Many in social media have taken strong exception to the controversial and scientifically inaccurate statements by the prime minister. "Why we should constantly tell our leaders to shut up and listen to people of science. Our netas [i.e. leaders] have time and again looked either too lost or too arrogant while explaining the science of corona," tweeted senior journalist Akhilesh Upadhya, in an apparent reference to the prime minister's video that has been shared widely on social media platforms.