CORONAVIRUS

Fact Check: Was journalist Pragya Mishra murdered in broad daylight?

A gruesome image of a wounded woman sprawled on a road is going viral. The image shows the woman lying on the road with blood around her stomach and people have gathered around her body. The image has been going viral on social media with many netizens claiming that the image is of journalist Pragya Mishra. In one of the ...

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Does lying down on chest in prone position increase oxygen levels? Fact Check

A WhatsApp message forward claims that lying down on the chest and deep breathing increases and improves oxygen levels in the body. The message which has been forwarded many times claims to recount the personal experience of an individual who was suggested this method by “the best pulmonologist of the country.” The message claims that lying down on the chest ...

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Video claims ordinary nebulizer as substitute for oxygen cylinder; Fact check

A video is going viral on WhatsApp claiming that an ordinary nebulizer is enough to take care of oxygen requirements for the Covid-19 patients. The presenter wearing a stethoscope and claiming himself as Dr Alok from Sarvodaya Hospital, Faridabad, explains in the video that a nebulizer is a substitute for oxygen cylinder. Here’s the video:   The presenter claims that ...

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Fact Check: PSA suggesting medicines for contact with suspected COVID-19 positive people

A poster with “suggestive treatment for suspected contact with covid-19 positive” people is doing rounds on social media. The poster suggests medicines and vitamin tablets. Along with these medicines, the poster has also laid down “other essential guidelines” which include: Use mask properly and at all times Drink hot water or use it for gargling Maintain social distance Consult M.I ...

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Worms in mask or do face masks contain microscopic germs? Fact Check

A viral video shared on WhatsApp shows a medical-grade disposable face mask over a cup of steaming water. The video alleges that the masks have fine microscopic germs which start moving because of the hot steam. The narrator says in Hindi that “these germs get activated when people inhale and exhale through the mask and come out through the fine ...

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Old videos resurface claiming lockdown imposed in AP and UP; Fact Check

With the Covid-19 cases surging again in the country, a video has been making rounds with the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chadrasekhara Rao announcing closure of educational institutions in the state. The video in Telugu is being shared in WhatsApp among the groups, especially in Telangana. At the same time, another video of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanand in ...

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Top 4 Covid-19 vaccines are Chinese-made, claims viral post; Fact Check

A claim has been making rounds in social media stating that the Chinese vaccines ranked as top four of the ten global vaccines developed for Covid-19. The claim cited news articles published in October 2020 in US newspaper The New York Times and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle to support their claim that these publications have endorsed the ranking of top ...

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Fact Check: Old video reused to claim police lathicharge amid new lockdown in Maharashtra

As the Maharashtra state government has issued new rules amid growing Covid-19 cases in the state bringing back restrictions on religious, social and political gatherings, some social media posts have started circulating with a claim that policemen are using lathis to hit people who are violating norms. The state government of Maharashtra on February 22 imposed strict rules again including ...

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