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Fact Check-No evidence that ‘urine therapy’ cures COVID-19

An anti-vaccine activist is claiming that consuming urine is the “antidote” to the COVID-19 virus.

Examples can be seen here and here .

The text in one post reads: “After being arrested for not wearing a mask in a court room, after being released Christopher Keys has come out and said they have the antidote ‘Urine therapy’. What is it… with these people wanting to drink their own pee.”

In a video (here), Key says: “…that it’s very possible, probable, we have the antidote, okay? And the antidote is even for those that have been vaccinated and the research he’s already sent me just blew me away.”

At the 0:39 mark, Key says: “The antidote that we’ve seen now, and we have tons and tons of research, is urine therapy. And I know to a lot of you this sounds crazy but guys, God’s given us everything we need.”

At 1:02, Key continues to say: “This has been around for centuries. We’ve got research after research, documented, peer-reviewed, published papers on your end. We do. We have this. They have been doing for the last 9 months now and what he has right now is all anecdotal because you know, to put together a randomized double placebo study with this is kind of tough…”

In a separate clip of the same speech (here), Key says: “I literally just had this conversation with Dr [unclear] and I trust my life with this man. I’m not a medical doctor, I’m not telling anyone to drink their own urine, but I drink my own urine and I’ve drank my own urine for the last 23 years and I’m still alive and I drink bleach – not bleach, chlorine dioxide.”

Fact Checkers Chequeado debunked claims that drinking chlorine dioxide can cure COVID-19, here .

There is no evidence that consuming urine is an effective treatment for COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists approved treatment options on its website (here). Urine therapy is not listed or recommended by the FDA.

Dr. Anthony Pizon, Chief of Medical Toxicology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told Reuters via email that there are antimicrobial products in urine and historical evidence shows that some cultures consumed urine for medical purposes.

“However, no evidence exists for urine serving as a treatment for COVID-19 or any other illness,” Pizon said. “I would certainly not recommend drinking urine for any medicinal purpose.”

While consuming urine in small quantities likely poses no harm, excessive consumption can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and disruption of electrolytes, according to Pizon. Since humans excrete waste and toxins through urine, drinking it can expose one to the chemicals and drugs consumed previously.

“Consuming urine poses more risk than benefit and is not recommended,” Pizon said.

VERDICT

False. There is no evidence drinking one’s urine would be an effective treatment of COVID-19 infection.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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