The stupid, it burns: New York Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi makes the false claim that forcing hot air into the back of your throat via a hair dryer will kill the coronavirus.
Jewish News reports:
A controversial rabbi barred from entering the UK has told followers that a “guaranteed” cure for coronavirus is to heat the back of the throat with a hairdryer, adding that people were “dreaming” if they felt hospital would help them.
In a video titled “A Spiritual And Physical Cure For The Virus,” Rabbi Yosef Mizrach declares:
You take a hot hair-blower, you open up your mouth, you blow hot air into your throat… until you feel your throat gets very, very hot inside. Twice a day for five minutes. If you do what I tell you it will kill the virus immediately. It’s dead and it’s guaranteed. There are other ways, but it’s not guaranteed. This is guaranteed.
The rabbi added:
If you count on the hospitals to take care of you, then you are dreaming. There’s no more beds. In Israel they told people, ‘don’t come, come after the fever goes away.’ Why? ‘We don’t want to catch it.’… Technically there is nothing they can do for you in hospital.
Watch the video below. Relevant remarks begin around the 1:38 mark:
Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi is a controversial figure in the Jewish community. Previously the rabbi has claimed that “autism and Down’s Syndrome are punishments for sins committed in a past life,” and that “Jews helped bring about the Holocaust by assimilating, made the coronavirus.”
As for the claim that hot air from a blow dryer can kill or cure the coronavirus, Snopes reports:
No reputable medical professionals or institutions recommend people breathe hot air to kill the coronavirus. Contrary to what the video states, viruses don’t make you sick by congregating in your nasal cavities. They make you sick on a cellular level via mechanisms not easily stopped by something as simple as hot air.
Bottom line: Controversial New York Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi makes the false claim that forcing hot air into the back of your throat via a hair dryer will kill the coronavirus.