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Medications For SARS And COVID-19 Are The Same? Misleading WhatsApp Forwards Go Viral

Novel coronavirus, a virus from the coronavirus family, has claimed about 13,407 human lives so far at the time of writing this report. India is seeing no respite in misinformation as there is a huge lack of awareness about the novel coronavirus. Many misleading videos from other countries and continents are being shared in the wake of a novel coronavirus, the latest one is about an Indian Zoology book which had allegedly published the vaccine for novel coronavirus years ago.

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भाइयों काफी किताबों में ढूंढने के बाद बड़ी मुश्किल से कोरोना वायरस की दवा मिली है, हम लोग कोरोना वायरस की दवा ना जाने कहां-कहां ढूंढते रहे लेकिन कोरोना वायरस की दवा इंटरमीडिएट की जन्तु विज्ञान की किताब में दी गई है जिस वैज्ञानिक ने इस बीमारी के बारे में लिखा है उसने ही इसके इलाज के बारे में भी लिखा है और यह कोई नई बीमारी नहीं है इसके बारे में तो पहले से ही इंटरमीडिएट की किताब में बताया गया है साथ में इलाज भी। कभी-कभी ऐसा होता है कि डॉक्टर और वैज्ञानिक बड़ी-बड़ी किताबों के चक्कर में छोटे लेवल की किताबों पर ध्यान नहीं देते और यहां ऐसा ही हुआ है।

(किताब- जन्तु विज्ञान, लेखक- डॉ रमेश गुप्ता, पेज नं-1072)

भाइयों यह कोई फेक न्यूज़ नहीं है इसलिए मेरी आप से यह विनती है कि इस दवा को ज्यादा से ज्यादा शेयर करें ताकि किसी कोरोना वायरस से ग्रसित मरीज का इलाज हो सके।🙏🙏🙏🙏

A WhatsApp forward has gone viral which claimed that a vaccine for coronavirus has been discovered. The viral forward also claims that the treatment for coronavirus is mentioned in an Intermediate Zoology book. The viral forward reads, “It is not a new disease as it is already mentioned in the Intermediate zoology book along with its treatment. It happens sometimes that many great scientists and doctors do not focus on lesser-known books as they are mostly busy with famous books. Book name: Zoology, Writer: Dr. Ramesh Gupta, Page No. 1072.) Friends, this is not fake news so I request you to kindly share it maximum so all coronavirus patients are treated in time.”

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Novel coronavirus, a virus from the coronavirus family, has claimed about 13,407 human lives so far at the time of writing this report. India is seeing no respite in misinformation as there is a huge lack of awareness about the novel coronavirus. Many misleading videos from other countries and continents are being shared in the wake of a novel coronavirus, the latest one is about an Indian Zoology book which had allegedly published the vaccine for novel coronavirus years ago. As we began fact-checking this claim, using different combinations of keywords, we found a report published on an online portal that backs the aforementioned claim. 

आओ इसका पता लगाएं-कोरोना | G News Portal

प्रयागराज आओ इसका पता लगाएं कभी-कभी ऐसा होता देखा गया है कि वैज्ञानिक डॉ बड़ी-बड़ी लेखों और पुस्तकों के चक्कर में उलझे रह जाते हैं छोटे लेवल की लेखों और पुस्तकों पर ध्यान आकृष्ट नहीं कर पाते हैं ऐसा ही कुछ यहां होते दिख रहा है जैसा की इंटरमीडिएट की

As we searched further, we got one more such report where a clear image of the viral claim is published. We analysed the viral image and began our research on the same.

जंतु विज्ञान की किताब में कोरोना वायरस का उल्लेख, दवा भी

भीलवाड़ा। जिस कोरोना वायरस को लेकर दुनिया में अफरा-तफरी मची है, उसका उल्लेख 10वीं कक्षा की जंतु विज्ञान की एक किताब में किया गया है। किताब में दवा भी बताई गई है।हम बात कर रहे हैं इंटरमीडिएट की जंतु विज्ञान की किताब की। डॉ.

(The image of the viral page of the book where the treatment of the novel coronavirus is mentioned) 

The viral page talks about the causes behind the common cold and elaborates further on the same. The book claims that 75% of common colds are caused by the Rhinovirus and the rest 25% is caused by the Coronavirus. In the next paragraph, the writer also mentions the treatment for the coronavirus and lists them as ‘Aspirin, Anti-Histamines and Nasal Spray’.

To know more, we tried knowing more about the common cold, its causes and treatment. We found a pdf report released by the World Health Organization.

The above screengrab partially approves the claim about the causes of the common cold mentioned in the book. Asper this WHO report, there are several other causes of common cold apart from Rhinovirus and Coronavirus so the claim that there are only two causes of the common cold is partially false.

We tried to search for a treatment for the common cold. In the same pdf report as mentioned above, we found that the WHO doesn’t categorically specify a treatment for coronavirus.

In the same report, the WHO further throws more light on the treatment and their side effects of the medications for the common cold. However, it doesn’t necessarily endorse Aspirin, Antihistamines and Nasal Spray as the only medication for the common cold or the cold caused by a coronavirus.

We continued our research on coronavirus to know if the same novel coronavirus or Covid-19 was mentioned in the aforementioned Zoology book. Under WHO’s Q&A section, we found authentic information about our research topic.

An excerpt from the aforementioned report reads, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to this outbreak. This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it is affecting people worldwide. For more information, check back regularly on WHO’s coronavirus pages. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

A complete WHO report on SARS can be viewed here.

Similarly, one such WHO report on MERS can be viewed here.

The medications and symptoms of SARS & MERS are listed below.

The symptoms and treatment of SARS can be viewed here.

The symptoms and treatments of MERS can be viewed here

It is noteworthy that the viral page of the book talks about the treatment of the cold because of coronavirus, it doesn’t talk about the medication for coronavirus and from what we can see above, the WHO doesn’t confirm the invention of any such vaccine for both SARS and MERS.

When we searched further, we found a research report published by Stanford University which throws more light on treating the symptoms of the common cold.

The Common Cold

Coronavirus and the Common Cold An Introduction to Preventing and Treating the Common Cold: What is it? Prevention Treatment Is there any hope for a cure? More common cold related sites The common cold is a virally related syndrome and has been associated with over 100 different viruses, including Human Coronavirus and Rhinovirus.

The research report suggests that Aspirin along with other Analgesics/Antipyretics can be helpful with the symptoms of common cold. It also suggests that Antihistamines can help with the common cold symptoms but their efficacy in treating the common cold has been questioned since their primary mode of action is on the histamine allergic response of the immune system.

Hence it is evident from our findings that the treatments mentioned in the viral page of the book are first of all not a treatment for coronavirus but a treatment for common cold caused by a coronavirus which is negated partially by various research reports so the viral claim that there is pre-existing medication for coronavirus, is ‘Misleading’.

Claim 2: कोरोना वायरस कोई  नई वायरस नहीं है।इसके बारे में तो  Lucents किताब में भी पहले ही दिया हुआ है। विज्ञान और प्रौद्योगिकी चैप्टर में page no 272 देख लीजिए।  सोर्स का जो वैक्सीन होगा वहीं वैक्सीन काम करेगा इसको ज्यादा से ज्यादा शेयर कीजिए

A viral WhatsApp forward claims that coronavirus is not a disease as it is already mentioned in a book namely Lucent on page no. 272 under ‘Science and Technology’ section. The vaccine for the new coronavirus (Novel Coronavirus or Covid-19) will be the same as that of the old coronavirus.

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As we began fact-checking this claim, we first started reading the content of the viral screengrab and from what was obviously visible, the aforementioned viral image does not talk about Covid-19 but SARS which is a virus of the same family and was identified in 2003. 

It is noteworthy that the WHO clearly identifies Covid-19 and SARS as two different viruses of the same family so it is evident here that the virus being talked about in the viral page of Lucent is SARS not Covid-19.

As we searched further, we found that on the same Q&A page, the WHO has answered the question ‘Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?”. The WHO reply to this question reads, “No. The virus that causes COVID-19 and the one that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 are related to each other genetically, but the diseases they cause are quite different. SARS was more deadly but much less infectious than COVID-19. There have been no outbreaks of SARS anywhere in the world since 2003.”

A study by Lonic on the differences between Covid-19 and SARS can be viewed below.

SARS Coronavirus 2 – LOINC

SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. COVID-19 stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019. The LOINC Component represents the analyte being tested for, which is why the Components include “SARS Coronavirus 2” rather than “COVID-19”. SARS-related coronavirus (SARS-related CoV) is a species of coronavirus in the sub-genus Sarbecovirus.

As it is evident from our findings above that the virus being talked about in the viral claim is not the novel coronavirus(Covid-19) but SARS, we now tried to check if the same vaccine which works for SARS can cure Covid-19. In our search for this query we found that the WHO has clearly negated the discovery of any vaccine that can cure Covid-19. In an answer to the question, “Are there any medicines or therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?”, the WHO replies, “While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings are available.” Replying to another similar question “Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?”, the WHO replies, “Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illnesses should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. (See Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus).”

Hence it is imperative from our findings that the claim of the treatments/vaccines of SARS and Covid-19 being similar is ‘False’.

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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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Result: 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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Result: False


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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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