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Old unrelated video falsely shared as related to the recent Coronavirus outbreak.


A video is being shared widely on social media with a claim that it is related to the recent epidemic caused by the novel virus (named as ‘2019-nCoV’), which is from the Coronavirus family. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video related to the recent Coronavirus outbreak.    

Fact: The video is found to be on the internet at least since November-2019 i.e. before the recent epidemic broke out. So, it is not related to the recent Coronavirus epidemic. Hencethe claim made in the post is FALSE. 

When the screenshots of the video were run through the Yandex Reverse Image Search, the same video was found on YouTube. It can be seen that the video was uploaded on 01s November 2019, with the title: ‘Guy Has Huge Botfly Larvae Removed from His Lip’. The recent Coronavirus epidemic was reported to have begun in the last week of December-2019. So, the video is not related to the ‘2019-nCoV’ virus.

More details regarding the Coronavirus (‘2019-nCoV’) and the timeline of the recent epidemic can be seen in the Aljazeera article

Also, none of the prominent health agencies has issued any precautions regarding the consumption of preserved dairy products, as claimed in the post. With regards to ‘2019-nCoV’, WHO issued the following standard recommendations for the general public:

Other FAQs regarding the ‘2019-nCoV’ Coronavirus can be read in the factsheet released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to WHO, as on 26h January 2019, a total of 2,014 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases have been reported globally.

To sum it up, an old unrelated video falsely shared as related to the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

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