The world’s somewhat reactionary response to the coronavirus pandemic is taking many shapes. While panic and preservation of the self, and of those we love, are the most natural responses, some others are using the crisis as an opportunity for business.
A furniture shop owner in India’s western district of Thane, Maharastra has been accused advertising for a mattress he claims prevents and cures the coronavirus infection, the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Wednesday.
A case has been registered against the man after a complaint was lodged by a medical officer of the local Primary Health Centre. The accused has been booked for statements conducing to public mischief and under the drugs and magic remedies act, PTI added.
The accused had, on March 13, allegedly published an advertisement in a Gujarati newspaper advocating the benefits of the mattress.
When confronted by the police, the furniture shop owner was unable to produce any medical proof or documentation to back his claims. The police are yet to make an arrest as an investigation is underway.
India’s coronavirus case count crossed 150 on Wednesday. Lately, there have been several magic ‘cures’ — from cow urine to indigenous herbs — that have done the rounds on social media.