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Italy Has Not Found The Cure For Coronavirus, Nor Is It A Bacteria

The viral Whatsapp message we received included various claims about Italian doctors, deaths due to the novel Coronavirus being caused by a bacteria not a virus, and use of Aspirin among others.

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A viral Whatsapp message claiming that “In Italy the cure for Coronavirus is finally found” has been widely circulating. The lengthy message includes multiple false claims, beginning with how Italian doctors disobeyed the World Health Organisation (WHO) and went ahead with autopsies on the Coronavirus diseased patients and found the cause of death to be a bacteria not a virus. 

 

We received multiple requests for verification of this message on our Whatsapp verification helpline number. The messages had slight variations in their wordings but they all pointed to the same claims and sourced it to the Ministry of Health in Italy. The Whatsapp message included what looked like a Twitter handle: @ italiarevelacurardelcovid19. On searching for this handle on Twitter we came across many different users sharing whole and parts of this message. 

https://twitter.com/search?q=%40%20italiarevelacurardelcovid19&src=typed_query

Using keywords from the message, we searched on social media sites and found variations of the message being shared extensively across Twitter and Facebook. 

HOW ITALIAN DOCTORS FOUND COVID SECRET AFTER DISOBEYING W.H.O RULES"aspirin or disprin, ginger, chloroquine, lemon."…

Người đăng: The Malawi FundAmentals Newspaper vào Thứ Ba, 26 tháng 5, 2020

We also came across a video on Facebook whose content is identical to that of the viral Whatsapp message we received. Posted on 24 May, 2020, this video received nearly 23K views at the time of writing this factcheck. 

How Italian doctors disobeyed WHO and discovered the secrets of coronavirus

Người đăng: Aloha Dexter vào Thứ Bảy, 23 tháng 5, 2020

Factcheck

The viral Whatsapp message we received included various claims about Italian doctors, deaths due to the novel Coronavirus being caused by a bacteria not a virus, and use of Aspirin among others. We fact-checked five broad claims stated in the viral message.

  1. Italian doctors disobeyed the world health law WHO, not to do autopsies on the dead of the Coronavirus and they found that it is NOT a VIRUS but a BACTERIA that causes death.  This causes blood clots to form and causes the death of the patient.

First, Italian doctors could not disobey the World Health Organisation (WHO) on conducting autopsies since WHO never ruled out autopsies on deaths due to COVID-19. In fact in their interim guideline titled, “Infection Prevention and Control for the safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19” and dated 24 March, 2020 suggested that adequate precautionary measures be taken before performing autopsies on deceased persons infected with COVID-19. 

About the claim on autopsies by Italian doctors, it’s true that autopsies were performed on 38 deceased persons who died from COVID-19 in two hospitals in Northern Italy. This was carried out to analyse their lung tissues. This preprint published on 22 April, 2020, suggests that Diffuse Alveolar Disease was a predominant pattern of lung lesions in these COVID-19 patients, something that was previously found in viral infections with the SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV coronaviruses. 

Apart from the above preprint stating COVID-19 to be caused by a virus, the WHO in their myth busters too clearly tell us that COVID-19 is a virus, not a bacteria. The virus that causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was named SARS-CoV-2. 

  1. Italy defeats the so-called Covid-19, which is nothing other than “Disseminated intravascular coagulation” (Thrombosis).

Italy has not defeated or rather found a cure for COVID-19. As explained by the WHO, there is no cure or authorised medication to prevent or treat COVID-19. 

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is or caused by disseminated intravascular coagulation also referred to as thrombosis. COVID-19 is proven to be caused by a virus SARS-CoV-2, not by bacteria. Disseminated intravascular coagulation is a condition that can cause blood clots in patients. While studies have found a significant relation between COVID-19 and blood clotting, and patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms can show coagulation abnormalities, it’s incorrect to claim that COVID-19 is thrombosis. 

  1. And the way to combat it, that is, its cure, is with the “antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and anticoagulants”.  

Antibiotics only work against bacteria. And as we now know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The World Health Organisation explains that “the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus, antibiotics should not be used to prevent or treat infection.”

Anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen can help in the treatment of symptoms of COVID-19 like high fever. Although the National Health Service recommends taking paracetamol instead. 

There have been a variety of studies in the use of anticoagulants in COVID-19 patients. One such study found that systemic anticoagulants “may be associated with improved outcomes among patients hospitalized with COVID-19,” but it’s use must be calculated against the risk of bleeding. 

  1. Something else, according to Italian pathologists.  “The ventilators and the intensive care unit were never needed.”

The claim that according to Italian pathologists, ventilators and intensive care is not needed is incorrect. Nowhere have they claimed this nor is there any credible evidence suggesting the same. An April, 2020 news report on Science, The Wire details how and why severely-ill COVID-19 patients will need ventilators. 

  1. Already knowing this diagnosis, the Italian Ministry of Health immediately changed the Covid-19 treatment protocols … and began to administer to their positive patients Aspirin 100mg and Apronax …, result: the patients began to recover and present  improvements and the Ministry of Health released and sent home more than 14,000 patients in a single day.

The message implies COVID-19 to be caused by a bacteria and medicines like aspirin, apronax and even paracetamol, which are nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the cure is false. 

The Italian Health Ministry has said that there are clinical trials underway for the treatment of COVID-19. Meanwhile, they ask readers to visit the website of Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) for information about drugs that are made available to COVID-19 patients. Aspirin isn’t one of them. 

According to the Italian Ministry of Health, there have been 150,604 COVID-19 recoveries in total as on 28 May, 2020. There has been no report of 14,000 or more recoveries in one day in Italy, contrary to the claim. 

Conclusion

The claims made in the Whatsapp message we received are false. Italy has not found the cure of the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not a bacteria. While the symptoms of COVID-19 can be treated with anticoagulants and anti-inflammatories, they are not a cure for the disease itself.

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False Claim About People in China Not Taking Any Medicine Or Vaccine For Coronavirus Goes Viral

Contrary to the claim which says that people in China have stopped going to the hospital for cure, news report from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency says otherwise.

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People in China are not killing coronavirus with heat or recovering in five days.

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A social media post claims that the Chinese aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for coronavirus. They’re instead killing the virus with heat and recovering in five days. 

We received the above image on our Whatsapp verification number. The claim which is an image of a social media post allegedly posted by Tahir Mahmood Chaudry starts with a disclaimer that the message is a translation from an Indian living in Wuhan. 

Using keywords we found multiple social media posts with the same claim being circulated since April, 2020. See of few examples below:

Fact Check

The claim in context was allegedly posted by Tahir Mahmood Chaudry, Executive director at Ovex Technologies. Chaudry’s social media profiles confirm his designation, but whether he posted this claim or not remains unknown. We’ve reached out to him for verification and will update the copy if we receive a response. 

Moving on to the first part of the claim which says, 

“Chinese are not taking any medicine or any vaccine for Corona virus. Every household has a Corona virus case. They have stopped going to hospital for cure. They instead kill the virus with heat.” 

We found no credible news report or information from any official source which supports the claim that every household in China has a COVID-19 case and that they aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for it. 

Contrary to the claim which says that people in China have stopped going to the hospital for cure,  a 30 June news report from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency states, “By Monday, the Chinese mainland had reported a total of 1,918 imported cases. Of the cases, 1,830 had been discharged after recovery, and 88 remained hospitalized. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.” 

The second part of the claim states, 

“Very Hot Steam Inhalation from kettle 4 times a day

Hot Gargles 4 times a day

Hot tea 4 times a day

Virus dies in 4 days.

5th Day you are Corona Negative.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that our normal body temperature remains around 36.5 degree Celsius to 37 degree Celsius irrespective of temperature of the bath or shower. In fact baths from extremely hot water can burn us. 

The WHO also also clarified that while some traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate mild COVID-19 symptoms, there is no known vaccine or medicine to prevent or cure the disease so far. 

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in its immunity boosting guidelines recommends general measures such as drinking warm water, herbal tea, and steam inhalation among other things. But it also clearly states that this advisory is in no way a treatment for COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in its COVID-19 guidelines also states that there is no vaccine or specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. 

You can read our other fact checks related to the novel coronavirus here.

Conclusion 

The social media post claiming that the Chinese aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for coronavirus and other included details are false. 

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Several social users posted a picture of a woman thrusting a syringe in man’s vein and claimed that the man in the picture is Bharat Biotech’s Vice President, Dr. VK Srinivas, and the first dose of the vaccine was administered on him.

According to a report in Live Mint, Bharat Biotech, an unlisted Indian vaccine maker, has received regulatory approval to start human clinical trials for its experimental shot. The phase 1 trial of Covaxine will begin next week. The company has planned to enroll 375 people in the first phase of clinical trials.

We found that the same image is viral on Twitter and Facebook with a caption, “Dr. V. K.Srinivas, Vice President, Bharat biotech, taking Corona vaccine clinical trial immediately after taking the first dose. He is the first person in India to take vaccine developed by him and his team in Bharat Biotech. Look at the confidence.”

Fact Check

As we began fact-checking the claim, we looked for some media reports backing the claim, but we did not find any authentic information to corroborate.

However, during our research, we came across the statement tweeted by Bharat Biotech. In a statement posted on their Twitter handle, Bharat Biotech said that individual images and messages circulated on social media platforms had not disseminated by Bharat biotech. The image is a routine procedural blood draw for testing all production staff.

We now searched, if Dr.VK Srinivas is the Vice President of the Bharat biotech. During our research, we did not find any results for his name. We found that Dr. V Krishna Mohan is the Executive Director, and T Srinivas is the Chief Financial Officer of the management team of the pharmaceutical.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co-Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral

The media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during ongoing Corona virus pandemic is false.

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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral- Newschecker.in

Several media outlets shared a TikTok video of Aamir Khan’s Ghulam co-star Javed Hyder selling vegetables and claimed that he is doing so to survive during ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Here are some screenshots of the media outlets who reported the same.





Big Boss fame, Dolly Bindra also shared Javed Hyder’s video and tweeted, ‘He is an actor, and today he is selling vegetables…Javed Hyder’. In the viral TikTok video, Javed Hyder is selling vegetables while dancing. He is lip-syncing the famous song ‘Duniya Mein Rehna Hai Toh Kaam Kar Pyaare.’ You can see the video here.

We found that the same claim is viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

The quint also published an article claiming the same. However; they updated their report later on with a disclaimer.

Fact Check

With the help of relevant keywords search on Google, we found several articles clearing the air on the viral claim. In his conversation with Mirror Online, Javed Hyder clarified that he is not a vegetable seller, and the video was just for TikTok.

No, I am not a vegetable vendor. I am an actor by profession even now. The entire selling vegetable video was just an act and I shot that TikTok video only to motivate my followers

Javed Hyder To Mirror Online.

Later, Hindustan times and News 18 India also published an article stating the same.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are false. Javed Hyder clarified that he is not selling vegetables for a living, whereas the viral video is just a musical one that he made to keep himself busy during the lockdown.

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