Anti-vaccines tout another new Covid ‘cure’ – drinking urine. But they are not the only obstacles to the end of the pandemic | Arwa Mahdawi

I I’m starting to think that common sense really isn’t that common after all – we live in extremely stupid times. Room 874: U.S. anti-vaccines now urge people to drink their own urine to fight the coronavirus. Over the weekend, Christopher Key, the leader of an anti-Covid-19 vaccine group called the “Vaccine Police,” posted videos online touting the health benefits of what he described as “urine therapy”. According to the wizard of wee, there is “tons and tons of research … [and] peer-reviewed articles on urine ”; so if you do your own pee research you will find out that it is God’s antidote to Covid-19. “This vaccine is the worst biological weapon I have ever seen,” Key said. “I drink my own urine!” “

It’s not the only questionable thing he does. Key was recently arrested for refusing to wear a mask and filming proceedings at a court hearing. The reason he was in court? He was arrested in April for refusing to wear a mask at a Whole Foods store. In August, he made headlines for suggesting pharmacists should be executed for administering coronavirus vaccines; in December, he also embarked on a road trip across the United States with a fake badge and guns, as part of a mission to arrest a Democratic governor on vaccination warrants. Very busy man, our Mr Key! I can’t help but think that if his name was Mohammed, his shenanigans would already have him locked up in Guantánamo Bay.

Key’s ‘urine therapy’ is far from the only experimental – and highly dubious – ‘cure’ for Covid to be promoted during the pandemic. We all remember the former President’s comments on the benefits of bleach injection. The past year saw a prolonged episode of ivermectin mania. Now with the urine, the right seems to be obsessed with Viagra and colloidal silver. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, who has repeatedly questioned the efficacy and safety of Covid vaccines, recently devoted part of his show to promoting the potential of Viagra as a potential cure. Carlson took to the story of a British nurse who would recover from a Covid-19 coma, after receiving a dose of Viagra, to sing the praises of the little blue pill. “Is there something [Viagra] does not heal? Carlson joked. Yes, I’m afraid that doesn’t seem to cure stupidity.

Speaking of which, conservative media personality Candace Owens recently told her social media followers that she was taking a ‘teaspoon a day’ of colloidal silver, a product that has also been touted as a cure for Covid. by Infowars founder Alex Jones. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but there is no evidence that Colloidal Silver can help with Covid. On the contrary, taking too much can permanently blue your skin and, in rare cases, can even kill you. (I can never resist an opportunity to grow my hero Wilkie Collins, so I invite you to read her underrated novel Poor Miss Finch, about a blind woman who falls in love with identical twins, one of whom turns blue afterwards. trying to cure his epilepsy with money. The novel will not cure Covid but it may provide temporary respite from existential boredom.)

The amount of misinformation about Covid cures is very depressing, and it is important that we hold accountable the people who spread dangerous lies and undermine confidence in the vaccine. Still, let’s be clear: the biggest obstacle to ending this pandemic isn’t crazy people like Key and Owens. The obstacle is the rich countries that have accumulated vaccines, and the likes of Pfizer and Moderna, who have been slow to license their vaccine technology (developed with taxpayers’ money) to poor countries. The fact that the big pharmaceutical companies are making billions from a public health crisis is unacceptable. I am very pro-vaccine but lack enthusiasm for boosters. The thought of potentially needing a fourth injection soon, when much of the world still cannot access a first dose, makes me sick. If only we had a vaccine against greed.

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