Quack the whip: what the ‘Ostrich Alliance’ loons tell their ...

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Quack the whip: what the ‘Ostrich Alliance’ loons tell their hapless people

Denial, steam and herbal tea among weapons against coronavirus endorsed by some PMs and presidents

Ben Farmer, Will Brown and Nataliya Vasilyeva

Across the world, as governments wrestle with the biggest health crisis in a century, presidents and prime ministers fret over flattened curves, PPE shortages and the race to develop a vaccine. Some leaders, though, have taken a rather less orthodox approach.

There have been predictions that it would all be over by Easter; glowing references to the healing powers of ingested disinfectant; and banner-waving for an antimalarial drug that, according to the medical evidence, remains controversial at best. And that’s just from the president of the US. Others suggest the virus is a lesson from God; that herbal tea is a cure; that inhaling steam might “disintegrate” the virus.

All of these unusual theories emanate from world leaders who are becoming known as the Ostrich Alliance...

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