This Anti-Vax Leader Is Telling People To Drink Urine As An ‘Antidote’ To Covid-19 - Men's Health Magazine Australia

This Anti-Vax Leader Is Telling People To Drink Urine As An ‘Antidote’ To Covid-19

*Extra long painful sigh*

As omicron continues to spread at a rapid rate, medical officials are urging people to ensure they are vaccinated against Covid-19. At this point, the Australian government is looking to eliminate lockdowns, instead charting a path that attempts to see the public live alongside Covid-19. And while the omicron strain of Covid-19 certainly is more contagious than its predecessors, the mentality that many have now adopted which sees them largely ignoring restrictions as the inevitability of catching Covid becomes a reality, health officials are urging caution. Though it seems likely we will all get Covid eventually, there are a number of reasons to delay infection, which include the fact that doing so would help reduce the burden on hospitals and health-care workers who are already at breaking point, future immunity is not guaranteed, and better treatments to help the more vulnerable people are also on the way.

Even despite this advice from the experts, it hasn’t stopped anti-vaxxers from continuing to spread ridiculous misinformation regarding the latest strain of Covid-19. And when it comes to the leader of the anti-vax group Vaccine Police, Christopher Key, he’s taken the cake.

As the Daily Beast reports, Key – who was arrested last week for his plan to try arresting Democratic governors – is now pushing “urine therapy” over vaccinations.

In a video uploaded to his Telegram account following his stint in jail, Key explained: “The antidote that we’ve seen now, and we have tons and tons of research, is urine therapy. OK, and I know to a lot of you this sounds crazy, but guys, God’s given us everything we need.”

Key then asked his followers to “please take it with a grain of salt,” before calling vaccinations “the worst bioweapon I have ever seen.” As for the research cited in the clip, there is no evidence to support his claims at all. It’s disappointing to see the rhetoric amongst anti-vaxxers remain the same at a time when hospitalisation rates for young children with Covid-19 have hit a new high, with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention sharing that “paediatric hospitalisations are the highest rate compared to any prior point in the pandemic.” At this point, Covid-19 vaccinations have yet to be authorised for children under the age of 5, with hospitalisation rates for children aged 5 to 17 being a reported four-times lower than younger children. 

As CDC director Rochelle Walensky explained, “Sadly, we are seeing the rates of hospitalisation increasing for children 0 to 4, children who are not yet currently eligible for Covid-19 vaccination.” Walensky added, “It may very well be that there are just more cases out there and our children are more vulnerable with more cases around them.”

When it comes to the surge of omicron, those who are fully vaccinated have reported feeling less symptoms than those who are unvaccinated, with the latter being at greater risk of severe illness. According to Dr Greg Schrank, MPH, hospital epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Centre, specialising in Infectious Diseases, and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the primary purpose of the vaccine is to prevent severe outcomes while also slowing down the transmission of the virus. “Vaccinated individuals can still be infected with Covid-19 and potentially transmit the infection. However, the overall risk is lower as the immune system built by vaccination kicks in to more quickly eliminate the virus from the body,” he explained. 

He added, “Hospitals are filling with patients who have Covid-19 infections, most of whom are unvaccinated. Not only does this create a challenge in caring for the large numbers of Covid-infected people, but due to limited beds and resources, this can impact the ability to deliver care to people with other medical needs.”

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