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West Bengal Minister endorses clinically discredited ‘Corona virus blocker card’

The West Bengal government has found a new trump ‘card’ to block the novel Chinese Virus and it has been endorsed by the Food and Supplies Minister of the state government.

West Bengal Food and Supplies Minister Jyoti Priya Mallick was recently seen sporting a card that purportedly blocks the deadly virus. A minister walking around with a card that claims to cure a pandemic certainly sends a wrong message at a time when the health care professionals are putting everything on the line including their safety and security.

The card manufactured by a company named GreatDio and sold on Amazon not just block the virus but also keep out bacteria and fungi drifting around. Additionally, claims are also being made that the card can ‘sterilize’ the air around a person’s body.

It is the duty of the government to bust such myths instead the minister himself sporting the card will certainly send a wrong message especially when the state is struggling to deal with the pandemic and has extended the lockdown till the 30th of September.

However, it has proven to be a bogus product. The card has been in use in Japan to treat patients suffering from flu since 2015 much before the world was introduced to the deadly Wuhan virus by the Chinese. It is also pertinent to mention here that the Japanese consumer affairs agency has already issued a warning in May this year stating that the product is not effective in dealing with the Wuhan virus.

At a time when several countries including the US, Philippines, and Thailand have banned the card, the West Bengal minister endorsing it is both amusing and misleading. Politicians in positions of power must know that they influence people by their actions and using a clinically discredited product is both unethical and disrespectful towards those working in the healthcare sector.

How is this any different from what the maulanas and padres sell as ‘magic cures’?

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