A WhatsApp forward, along with a video, is doing the rounds in which it is claimed that a person who belongs to the Tablighi Jamaat was kept in an isolation ward where he started wandering naked. The viral forward also claims that the person who was wandering naked did this vulgar act intentionally. The video narrates the story as “The blood-soaked naked young man can be seen banging his head on the glass walls. The naked youth wanders here and there and at the end of the video he was asked to leave.”
The viral post along with the claim can be seen below.
The same claim is viral with multiple claims on various social media and messaging platforms.
Tablighi Jamaat, a community that initially sparked controversy and later made subject to controversy. Dozens of fake news around the Jamaat, members hiding their travel history and infection with the COVID-19, misbehaving with the medical staff, carelessness, unverified content pieces, spitting hoax, viciously opinionated news headlines, overwhelming allegations and a chain of events; all this when put together define the Tablighi Jamaat controversy in whole. Another addition to the chain of fake news pertaining to Tablighi Jamaat is doing the rounds on social media.
In order to verify the viral claim, we first fragmented the video and performed a reverse image search using one of the keyframes obtained from the fragmentation. Google results of the reverse image search suggest that the video is at least one year old.
As per the results shown above, we found that a naked man entered a mosque in 2019. Using the same description when we searched YouTube with the keyword “Naked man in the mosque in Pakistan”
In the results shown above, the second video from the top is a longer version of the viral video. In the longer version, a man can be seen entering the mosque and banging his head against the glass wall and then comes moves in the hall after a man tries to scare him with a stick. Notably, the video was published on August 26, 2019, hence it is evident that the viral video has nothing to do with the Tablighi Jamaat.
A rough translation of the description of the aforementioned video reads, “An unidentified man broke into the Khalid Bin Walid mosque of the Ahl-e-Hadith school district on Gulshan-e-Hadid Phase 2 Double Road and the imam’s place lay down after the glasses were damaged.”
Basis the description of the video when we searched further, we found another YouTube video that throws more light on the issue.
A rough English translation of the title of the above-mentioned video reads, “A madman broke into the mosque at Gulshan-e-Hadid Phase Two”
Similarly, a rough English translation of the description of the aforementioned YouTube video reads, “Gulshan-e-Hadid Phase Two: A madman breaks into a mosque, breaking a mosque’s glass with his head. The man handed over is not a fanatic. Masjid Khalid Bin Walid’s administration investigated the facts and brought the facts to the fore. Also the police are commanding mental condition has worsened.”
When we performed a custom Google search using the keywords mentioned in the video above, we found several media reports and a Facebook post on the issue. Notably, all our findings date back to August 24, 2019.
کراچی (سٹی نیوز)گلشن حدید میں مسجد کے اندر توڑ پھوڑ کرنے والے شخص کو اہل محلہ کو پکڑ پولیس کے
گلشن حدید میں مسجد کے اندر توڑ پھوڑ کرنے والے شخص کو اہل محلہ کو پکڑ پولیس کے حوالے کردیا ہے ۔ملزم ریٹائرڈ ڈی ایس پی کا بیٹا ہے ،جس کا ذہنی توازن ٹھیک نہیں ہے ۔تفصیلات کے مطابق تھانہ اسٹیل ٹاؤن پولیس کی حدود ایک شخص نے برہنہ حالت میں مسجد میں گھس کر توڑ پھوڑ شروع کردی ،شیشے توڑنے کی وجہ سے وہ شدید شدید ہوگیا ۔ملزم کی حرکت پر اہل محلہ اشتعال میں آگئے اور انہوںنے اس کو پکڑ کر پولیس کے حوالے کردیا ۔مسجد خالد بن ولید کی انتظامیہ …
Basis the findings mentioned above, it can be concluded that the video being circulated in the name of Tablighi Jamaat members’ misbehaving with the nurses treating them for the COVID-19 is old. Hence it is evident that the viral claim is ‘False’ and is being shared with a communal angle.
The same fact-check report can be read in Urdu here.
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Claim On Pune’s Steam Bar Treating or Preventing COVID-19 Is False
Steam inhalation as a treatment or preventive measure of COVID-19 is not listed by the World Health Organisation.
Other social media users have shared this claim as well.
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Different states in India continue to witness a rise in COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra, the epicentre of coronavirus in India has 2,75,404 active cases as of 8am on 25 September. It’s followed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh which have 95,568, 69,353 and 61,300 active cases respectively.
At a time like this, the claim on Pune’s steam bar with inhalers has been shared by many social media users in the past few days.
Steam inhalation can thin mucus and help it drain from the nose when experiencing nasal congestion. “Controlled studies show that these remedies do not kill viruses in the respiratory tract. Besides, there are no studies testing the effect of these remedies on preventing infection by the novel coronavirus,” state the voluntary group of scientists, Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19, in their Hoaxbusters section.
On the other hand, a 2015 study published by the Spanish Pediatrics Association takes note of the burns or scalds that can be caused due to hot water or steam. “Steam inhalation therapy (SIT), which has been used traditionally and is still employed today to treat mild respiratory tract infections despite the lack of evidence to support its effectiveness, can also cause burns indirectly through scalding.”
Also steam inhalation as a treatment or preventive measure of COVID-19 is not listed by the World Health Organisation.
“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,” notes the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
On 23 September, Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital, Dr FaheemYounus, responded to the initial claim saying, “ Let’s not turn fear into business. This is completely useless.”
Note: We were unable to locate the exact steam bar from the claim.
The recent claim which states that a steam bar with inhalers treats or prevents COVID-19 in Pune is false. Currently, there is no known medicine or treatment that can cure COVID-19.
Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19: https://indscicov.in/for-public/busting-hoaxes/
A study by Spanish Pediatrics Association: https://www.analesdepediatria.org/en-severe-burns-related-steam-inhalation-articulo-S2341287914001343
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public\
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital, Dr FaheemYounus: https://twitter.com/FaheemYounus/status/1308820077324701696?s=20
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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