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India has more fake news and internet hoaxes than anywhere else in the world, a study has found

India has more fake news and internet hoaxes than anywhere else in the world, a study has found ( Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images )

A survey has found India has more fake news and internet hoaxes than anywhere else in the world.
The report, by Microsoft, found 64 per cent of Indians had encountered fake news, compared to the global average of 57 per cent.
Meanwhile, 54 per cent had come across internet hoaxes, in comparison to 50 per cent worldwide.
Internet hoaxes in particular have had murderous consequences in India. The Standard reported how more than 40 people were killed in the country last year amid a plague of smartphone-fuelled mob murders by ordinary citizens.

A police officer inspects a damaged vehicle in which two men were lynched in Karbi Anglong, India, in July last year. Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were beaten to death following the spread of child abduction rumours on WhatsApp (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images)
Experts said fake WhatsApp warnings about child abductors would whip up fear in communities, leading to brutal lynchings.

It led to WhatsApp enforcing new rules which limited the number of times messages could be forwarded to new people.

The platform is also gearing up for this year’s national elections, the biggest in the world with 800 million eligible to vote. CNN reported how the app is using artificial intelligence to detect accounts which spread “problematic content”.
Meanwhile, the Microsoft report about online interactions in India also found 29 per cent of people face “risks” from friends and family, one per cent above the global average.

India has more fake news than anywhere else in the world, report says
Fake News पकड़ने का सबसे आसान तरीका यहां सीखें #FightingFakeNewsInMP
•Apr 20, 2019


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The lallantop did a workshop on fake news with women social activist of Jabalpur district. This workshop was the part of joint initiative by Facebook and the Lallantop against Fake News.
New Delhi railway station doesn’t have a water cooler with ‘Who is Hussain’ written on it

The photograph is from 2018 and the water coolers were installed at the Raipur railway station by an NGO named 'Who is Hussain'.


New Delhi: A photograph is being widely circulated on social media platforms with the claim that a water cooler having the phrase “Who is Hussain” written on it was recently installed at the New Delhi railway station. The image also shows the phrase “drink water, think Hussain” written on the device.

Many users who have shared it on Facebook and Twitter claimed that the water cooler, with the particular words, was a step towards “Islamisation of India”.

“If Jai Sri Ram was written, it would have become communal,” one of the posts (below) said.

One user named Virappan Singh’s Facebook post has been shared by nearly 400 people.

The image has also been circulated via WhatsApp. But no verified handle or prominent personality has shared it so far.

Fact check

The photograph of the water cooler is from 2018. Water coolers, with the words ‘Who is Hussain’, were installed at the Raipur railway station by an NGO that goes by the same name.

‘Who is Hussain’ was established in 2012 and it works at empowering “communities to organise charitable events“. The NGO is inspired by the legacy of Hussain — a member of the family of Prophet Muhammed.

The banner consisting the phrase “Who is Hussain” on the water coolers in Raipur were, however, removed a day after the devices were installed following controversy.

In a similar incident recently, a fruit seller in Jharkhand was told by the police to remove a poster in his shop that said ‘VHP approved Hindu fruits store’.

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BJP Worker, Supporters 'in Skullcaps' Held for Pelting Stones on Train, Says Report

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee too made a reference to this incident on Thursday.

BJP Worker, Supporters 'in Skullcaps' Held for Pelting Stones on Train, Says Report

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New Delhi: A BJP worker and five of his associates have reportedly been detained by Murshidabad police in West Bengal, after they were identified by locals while pelting stones at a train engine. A report run exclusively by Kolkata newspaper The Telegraph, said the six had dressed in lungis and skull caps, distinctive items of clothing worn by Muslims in the region.
Murshidabad, which historically has a strong Muslim population, has been a hotbed of protest in the wake of the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Internet services remain suspended in the town and across the eponymous district.
While speculation has been rife on social media on how BJP workers have been posing as anti-CAA protesters with the intention of turning the protests violent, this is the first noted case where police have taken action against someone for purportedly seeking to blame a particular community.

The Telegraph report, which The Wire has not been able to independently verify, noted Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as having referred to the Wednesday arrest by saying that “BJP was buying skullcaps for its workers to wear while going on the rampage to try and deflect blame on a particular community.”

The Bengal BJP wing too has been eager to pin blame on Muslims for the protests in the state. State party president Dilip Ghosh said on Tuesday that protesters in Bengal were all “lungi terrorists“.
Curiously, on Wednesday BJP leaders in the state announced they were going up to Murshidabad “to assess the destruction of railway properties” by anti-CAA protestors.
A few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi triggered a controversy with his communal jibe in Jharkhand – that anti-CAA protesters can be “identified by their clothes”.

What happened on Wednesday
According to the Telegraph report, residents of Radhamadhabtala village in Murshidabad turned over the six to police, alleging that they had thrown stones at a Sealdah-bound trial engine. The railways have been a prime hit in the protests, leading to the initial cancellation of several trains. Mamata Banerjee had alleged that the Centre was conspiring against Bengal in cancelling the trains even though the rail lines were allegedly not affected.

Among the six, 21-year-old Abhishek Sarkar was described by the newspaper as being a BJP worker. Initially, Sarkar and his associates claimed that they were shooting a video in costume. “The youths claimed they had worn lungis and skullcaps for the sake of a video they were shooting for their YouTube channel. But they could not prove the existence of any such channel,” district police chief Mukesh was quoted as having said.
Local BJP sources reportedly confirmed to the newspaper that Sarkar was a party worker. However, BJP district president Gouri Sankar Ghosh was quoted as having said, “He is not a member of our party. We don’t know anything about the incident in Radhamadhabtala.”

BJP Worker, Supporters 'in Skullcaps' Held for Pelting Stones on Train, Says Report

पश्चिम बंगाल: लुंगी-टोपी पहनकर ट्रेन पर पत्थर फेंक रहे भाजपा कार्यकर्ता समेत पांच गिरफ़्तार
BY द वायर स्टाफ ON 20/12/2019
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मुर्शिदाबाद पुलिस ने बताया कि राधामाधबतला गांव के कुछ लोगों ने सियालदाह-लालगोला लाइन पर जा रहे एक रेल इंजन पर लुंगी-टोपी पहने कुछ लड़कों को पत्थर फेंकते देखा और पकड़कर पुलिस के हवाले कर दिया. इनमें एक स्थानीय भाजपा कार्यकर्ता भी शामिल है.
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पश्चिम बंगाल में नागरिकता संशोधन कानून को लेकर हुए एक प्रदर्शन में जलाई गई बसें. (फोटो: पीटीआई)
मुर्शिदाबाद पुलिस ने एक स्थानीय भाजपा कार्यकर्ता और उनके पांच साथियों को हिरासत में लिया है, जो लुंगी और टोपी पहनकर ट्रेन पर पत्थर फेंक रहे थे.

द टेलीग्राफ की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार पुलिस ने बताया कि स्थानीय लोगों ने उन्हें कथित तौर पर ट्रेन पर पत्थर फेंकते हुए पकड़ा था.

मुर्शिदाबाद पुलिस के अधिकारियों ने बताया कि राधामाधबतला गांव के लोगों ने सियालदाह-लालगोला लाइन पर जा रहे एक ट्रायल इंजन पर छह लड़कों को पत्थर फेंकते देखा और इन्हें पकड़कर पुलिस के हवाले कर दिया. उन्होंने बताया कि इन छह लोगों में एक स्थानीय भाजपा कार्यकर्ता अभिषेक सरकार भी शामिल हैं.

मुर्शिदाबाद के जिला पुलिस प्रमुख मुकेश ने बताया, ‘इन लड़कों ने दावा किया कि वे अपने यूट्यूब चैनल के लिए बनाए जा रहे वीडियो के लिए लुंगी और टोपी पहनकर शूटिंग कर रहे थे. लेकिन ऐसा कोई यूट्यूब चैनल है, यह वे यह प्रमाणित नहीं कर पाए.’

राधामाधबतला के लोगों के अनुसार अभिषेक पड़ोस के श्रीशनगर का रहने वाला है और भाजपा की सभी स्थानीय रैलियों में आगे रहता है.

गुरुवार को एक ग्रामीण ने बताया, ‘हमें तब शक हुआ जब हमने रेलवे लाइन के किनारे इन लड़कों को कपड़े बदलते देखा. हम अभिषेक को जानते थे क्योंकि वो यहां काफी मुखर रहता है. तो हमने सोचा कि उनसे आमने-सामने बात करते हैं.’

सूत्रों के अनुसार इस समूह में एक सातवां सदस्य भी था, जो ग्रमीणों के टोकने पर भाग गया. गुरुवार को बेहरामपुर थाने में इन सभी छह लोगों से पूछताछ की गयी.

स्थानीय भाजपा सूत्रों ने इस बात की पुष्टि की है कि अभिषेक पार्टी कार्यकर्ता है लेकिन भाजपा जिला अध्यक्ष गौरीशंकर घोष का कहा कहना है की ऐसा नहीं है. उन्होंने कहा, ‘वह हमारी पार्टी का सदस्य नहीं है. राधामाधबतला में जो हुआ, हम उस बारे में कुछ नहीं जानते.’

गुरुवार को पश्चिम बंगाल की मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी ने बिना इस घटना का जिक्र किये कहा था कि भाजपा अपने कार्यकर्ताओं के लिए टोपियां खरीद रही है जिससे वे इसे पहनकर हिंसा करें और इल्जाम विशेष समुदाय पर आए.

उन्होंने कहा था, ‘भाजपा के जाल में मत फंसना. वे इसे पूरी तरह से हिंदू-मुस्लिम की लड़ाई में बदलने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं, जबकि ऐसा कुछ नहीं है… हमें यह सूचना मिली है कि भाजपा अपने कार्यकर्ताओं के लिए टोपी खरीद रही है. वे… एक समुदाय को बदनाम करने के लिए… इसे पहनकर सार्वजनिक संपत्ति को नुकसान पहुंचाते हुए तस्वीरें खिंचवा रहे हैं, वीडियो बनवा रहे हैं.’

राधामाधबतला के रहने वाले एक स्थानीय ने बताया कि पिछले हफ्ते गांव से गुजरने वाली सियालदाह-लालगोला रेलवे लाइन पर पिछले हफ्ते कुछ तनाव हुआ था. युवकों में हिरासत में लिए जाने की घटना की ओर इशारा करते हुए उन्होंने कहा, ‘इस हफ्ते हमने बहुत मुश्किल से शांति बहाल की है और इस तरह के गलत इरादों को बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जा सकता.’

मालूम हो कि देशभर में नागरिकता संशोधन कानून को लेकर विरोध प्रदर्शन चल रहे हैं. बीते हफ्ते झारखंड में हुई एक चुनावी रैली को संबोधित करते हुए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने कहा था कि ये जो आग लगा रहे हैं, ये कौन है उनके कपड़ों से ही पता चल जाता है.

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Don’t be taken in by fake news

Farrukh Dhondy

In his words: "I am just a professional writer, which means I don't do blogs and try and get money for whatever I write."

Published : Jun 23, 2018, 5:58 am IST
Updated : Jun 23, 2018, 6:05 am IST

Fake history in the service of some petty cause is easily exposed.
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Stranger rest your weary bum
Upon this dedicated seat
And contemplate the time to come
When You’ll inevitably meet
Your maker — just as I have done
And all of those who went before.
So, Stranger, appreciate the pun
Perverting that which should be pure.”,

— From The Bench Odes by Bachchoo

Fake news is a breeze, a tremor. Fake history is the splitting earthquake, which vomits lava for years to come. Fake history, that which avoids the inconvenient truth, that which indulges in mythical fantasies and presents them as real, that which is purely fantastical, wrong-minded, politically motivated and clearly mad are all in the service — not of truth but of ideologies.
If history is fake — suppressing things that happened, distorting things that didn’t, pretending that myth is real or just fabricating the risibly ridiculous — it becomes an instrument of anti-civilisation.
Perhaps that’s an exaggeration. Some historical distortions and fantasies are motivated by good or protective thoughts. Others have profound consequences.
These comments are provoked, gentle reader, by my receiving on the Internet an article which seems to have been circulating for some time, about Indira Gandhi. It is a load of fake history — (I was so tempted to use non-family-acceptable terms but am scared of the censoriousness of my esteemed editors. —F off FD- Ed).
To resume what I read, the diatribe claims that Indira Gandhi married a Muslim named Feroze Khan, converted to Islam and took on a Muslim name and then was induced by her father to change her name to Gandhi — and a load of other bull-manure (with no purifying qualities in this case) which goes on and on.
As a counter to this idiotic tosh, we Parsis (yes, I am an enthusiastic one!) cherish the truth that Indira Nehru married Feroze Gandhi, a young man from a distinguished Parsi-Zoroastrian family of Allahabad whom she met in the coffee haunts of the Tottenham Court Road in London. Her son Rajiv and grandson Rahul, though they have been led for political purposes to neglect the possibility, would both have been or are eligible to be Parsi Zoroastrian Indians.
I don’t know if the Gandhi family pushed the issue of their boys, Rajiv and Sanjay, with Panditji but even if they had, it is apparent that they lost. Rajiv and Sanjay were not named Rustam and Sorab, but OK – political necessity wins! They followed grandad into atheistic Hindu identity.
This idiot who tries to spread the fake history of Indira Nehru’s marriage and progeny seems to be in the service of some pernicious ideology. My not-too-insightful inference is that he is seeking to characterise the Congress Party as led for two generations by the descendants of Muslims. His fake history article seems to be written and perpetrated as a very feeble weapon in a battle between his “Hindutva” and the truth.
Why do these fools shoot themselves in the foot?
My historian friend Roddy Matthews follows or did follow the output of someone called Oke or Oak, a plausible Maharashtrian name, who claimed all sorts of verbiage, none of which can be dignified with being called “fake history”. It’s good comedy stuff: Argentina is actually Arjuntina, named after the Pandav hero who conquered South America presumably before he went to Swarg. Yaaron, kya bathaaoon?
There have been more serious distortions.
Growing up in the 1950s I was, before and in my early teens, given history books to study, which seemed to be without ideological bias. Sher Shah was a good guy because he built rest-houses, dug wells and planted shady trees for travellers. In my later teens — the early sixties I was immersed in the perspective of the Nehru-Gandhi historians. We Indians vs Raj.
Then came, in my personal, indeterminate, glancing pursuit, the work of V.S. Naipaul who was not a born Indian and, looking from the outside, said that the Muslim conquest of Hindu India, over hundreds of years, was a painful, destructive, even genocidal process.
It was an antidote to the laudably nationalistic, historical view of the movement for Independence from the British Raj. It put a ferocious cat amongst the old nationalistic pigeons.
Obviously, years later, the resurgent “nationalists”, the Hindutva brigade embraced him. Their crusade was dedicated to an assault on the history, the contribution and the very existence of the huge minority of Muslims in India. Naipaul’s contention was about history and fake history however noble-minded. Writers want to tell it like it is or was, not as it’s strategically necessary.
The dictum that the victors write history is not an absolute truth. We have the Diary of Anne Frank. Victims and losers have chronicles worthy of attention and necessary for the balance of the record.
Shashi Tharoor has written a book called Why I am a Hindu. It is a very readable and respectable counter to the poisonous “Hindutva” ideology perpetrated by bigots; while reading it I wondered whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be asked, requested, challenged, even promised a huge publisher’s advance to write a similar book. It would sell millions.
(Modiji, if you are reading this, I volunteer to be your agent — only 15% yaar-ji!)
Meanwhile, a good friend of mine is writing a book about why he is a proud Indian Muslim. He recounts the history of India — the successive invasions from the displacement of the Indus valley civilisation to the entry of the Aryans of Central Asia and later the Muslims and the British to draw a picture of what India today is.
Fake history in the service of some petty cause is easily exposed. Mr Oke’s contention that histaminates were discovered in Hastinapura (I made this up) will be universally seen as nonsense.
So also, the contention that the Taj Mahal was some Hindu relic of someone called Teju and not built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife.
History guides the ideal of a people. Think of Hitler — false history leads to hell.

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FIT-WebQoof: Has Italy Found the ‘Remedy’ for COVID-19?
UPDATED: 03 JUN 2020, 11:43 AM IST
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A recent post doing the rounds on social media claims that Italy may have found a remedy for treating COVID-19. It also makes several assertions about the novel coronavirus's nature, what it does to a patient's body, and how it is being treated by doctors today. We received the query on mail as well.

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The claims have been oversimplified, and are a clear example of ‘pseudo-science’, Dr Sumit Ray, a critical care specialist from Delhi, tells FIT. “Findings from scientific data have randomly been mixed up, twisted and misrepresented.”
We break down each of these and verify them for you.

Claim: It Is Not a Virus, but Bacteria
The message states, “Italian doctors have found that it is not a virus, but a bacteria that causes death.”
It is a known fact, however, that COVID-19 disease is caused by the novel coronavirus (belonging to a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals and humans), first encountered in China’s Wuhan in December 2019; and this has been reiterated time and again by leading health organisations and government advisories.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says, “The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.”
The message talks explicitly about Italy, but even the Italian Ministry of Health has explained in its FAQ, “A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus never previously identified in humans.”
“The virus that is causing the current coronavirus outbreak has been named ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).”
Government of Italy
Dr Sumit Ray tells FIT that some COVID-19 patients may develop a secondary bacterial infection, but the primary pathogen that infects them and causes the illness in the first place is always SARS-CoV-2: a virus.

Claim: COVID-19 Causes Blood Clots; It Is Nothing But Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)
This is only partly true, and has been exceedingly oversimplified and generalised.
It is known that the scientific community has found evidence of blood clots in some patients, as FIT had earlier reported, “A subset of coronavirus infected patients are developing ‘thrombosis’ or formation of blood clots within the blood vessels - which is also the possible reason for kidney damage, neurological issues and heart-related problems.”
In a guideline for COVID-19 related death reporting, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) acknowledged blood clotting in blood vessels as a cause of deaths. It said, "COVID-19 is reported to cause pneumonia/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), cardiac injury, disseminated intravascular coagulation and so on. These may lead to death."
Autopsy reports too have shown COVID-19 has a role in inducing coagulopathy and some people's lungs were filled with many micro-clots. As a result, some severe patients are being given anticoagulants and blood thinners as prophylaxis to fight the challenge.
Dr Sumit Ray. however, told us that bleeding can be a possible side effect of blood thinners, so their use needs to be carefully moderated. There has to be a balance between blood-thinning and clotting.

But is COVID-19 the same as DIC? And is DIC the only reason for COVID deaths?
This is where the claim falters. Not all patients of the disease develop the complication, with more than 80 percent being mild or asymptomatic and 5 percent having the possibility of converting into critical cases. Only a subset of the critically ill group ends up developing DIC, and even though it is one of the leading causes of deaths from COVID-19, it is not the only one.
Dr Ray explains, “DIC is one of the causes of death, along with ARDS, severe cytokine storm or a secondary bacterial infection and so on. This is true in almost all infections, the degree of risk from each factor may vary for different illnesses.” For instance, based on the evidence that exists so far, DIC is relatively more common in critically ill COVID-19 patients who die, and ARDS and bacterial infections in H1N1. But these are spectrums, the complication exists in other diseases too, by varying degrees.
According to a Lancet report from 6 April, respiratory failure has been found to be the leading cause of death from the disease.

Claim: COVID-19 Can Be Cured With Antibiotics & Anti-inflammatory Drugs
It needs to first be established that till date, there is no approved treatment or cure for the disease and patients are being treated symptomatically, accompanied by supportive care. Italy’s health ministry states the same, "at present, there is no specific treatment for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Treatment remains mainly based on a symptomatic approach, providing supportive therapies (e.g. oxygen therapy, fluid management) to infected people, which can nevertheless be highly effective.”
But are anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drugs being used for all COVID19 patients? The prescription varies based on the patient.
“It just cannot be generalised. It is not so simple. Each case is different and medicines are only prescribed based on a person’s illness, symptoms and stage of the complication.”
Dr Sumit Ray
For instance, to reduce a patient’s fever, doctors can prescribe paracetamol, but other drugs of this variety are used less often, as they may cause kidney damage in this particular setting. This is why self-medication can be dangerous, and medical supervision is a must. “They can be counterproductive in critically ill patients with high fever or ARDS,” Dr Ray says.
“WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19,” a spokesperson for WHO Philippines told AFP in an email on April 29, 2020.

Although these are not commonly used, Dr Ray explains that in some critical cases of COVID-19, an overreaction of the immune system can lead to a condition known as a cytokine storm, which causes inflammation. In such patients, anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids may be given to patients because the immune system has taken a hit, but again, it would depend on the particular case.
According to the NHS too, paracetamol may be a safer bet with fewer side effects in COVID19 patients.

The use of antibiotics, again, only makes sense for patients who do develop a secondary bacterial infection or perhaps have the potential to develop one; and not for all patients.
This is because antibiotics are used only against bacteria, not viruses, as the WHO has also clarified. It says, “The new coronavirus is a virus, and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalised for the disease, you may receive antibiotics since bacterial co-infection is possible.”

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“Blood thinners will be given in severe cases, but they cannot be administered just like that, because their use could lead to complications. A patient could die of bleeding if their dosage is not checked. Again, every COVID patient does not need them,” Dr Ray explains.
A study at a New York hospital involving 2,733 patients found that using blood thinners can boost the chances of survival for severe COVID-19 patients. The results were published on 6 May in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Valentin Fuster, a physician in chief at Mount Sinai Hospital and one of the study’s authors said, “My opinion is cautious, but I must tell you I think this is going to help.” Doctors believe, however, that they need to be conservative in their approach, as the fine balance between bleeding and clotting needs to be considered.
Blood thinners, Dr Ray also says, are used when there is a possibility of coagulation in an ICU patient, but the doses will increase when we see a clear indication of clotting, which can be established through tests. This is not a blanket treatment and will have to be monitored on a case-by-case basis, considering the risk of bleeding.
“Taking aspirin in such settings may not help. The role of aspirin is very different,” he adds.
A systematic review of 73 studies by the WHO looked into some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin and concluded, “At present, there is no evidence of severe adverse events, acute health care utilization, long-term survival, or quality of life in patients with COVID-19,” as a result of the use of NSAIDs.
A clinical trial on the use of aspirin is ongoing, and the results are expected in June.

Claim: Ventilators, ICUs Not Needed for COVID-19 Patients
As established, only 5 percent of the total infected patients turn critically ill. For those among these patients whose lungs are damaged and their oxygen supply is severely obstructed, ventilator support will be needed.
“The COVID patients who develop ARDS, for instance, will need ventilation. Patients with DIC may not need it, BUT it depends on many complex factors. If your oxygen levels fall dangerously low, a ventilator may be the only option,” Dr Ray explains.
“Again, the use of ventilators depends on many complex factors, and the settings of the machine are tweaked and set according to the patient’s requirement. We can use it differently for different patients, depending on their problems and complications. But these are highly complex decisions taken by a doctor, considering the safety, need and efficacy of the treatment method.”
Dr Sumit Ray
While non-invasive methods are opted for in patients who don’t need a ventilator, it is almost certain that for the small subset whose lung alveoli is severely damaged, the latter may be necessary.
Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, a senior consultant of internal medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, also told FIT that critically ill patients who need oxygen support are being ventilated, but this is usually done in a later stage.
Importantly, he says that the medical community is still in very early stages of the disease, and any claims made about the treatment or cure of the infection should not be believed unless further trials and studies are seen.
“Our understanding of the disease will evolve with more evidence and out of our own experience. Medicines and treatments are being provided after assessing a particular patient and seeing what they need. But these are not discussions which fall into the domain of the general public.”
Dr Suranjit Chatterjee
“These are complicated decisions meant for critical care specialists to finally evaluate the modality of a particular treatment,” he says.
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Published: 03 Jun 2020, 09:36 AM IST

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Last Updated: 6th June, 2020 16:15 ISTFact Check: Is COVID-19 A Bacteria And Can It Be Treated With Aspirin?

Fact Check: A video surfacing on the internet claims that COVID-19 is a bacteria and it can be treated by Aspirin. Here is the truth behind this video and claim
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COVID-19 is a bacteria and it can be treated with aspirin

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A video is being shared on social media that talks about how COVID-19 is bacteria and not a virus. In the video, it is said that if a person contracts COVID-19, it is not a virus as claimed by the various medical authorities. It states that it is a bacterium and it is amplified with 5G electromagnetic radiation. The cure for this supposed 'bacteria' is also given. A person has to take an aspirin 100mg and Apronax or Paracetamol. Further, it states that Italy has defeated the so-called COVID-19, which is just 'disseminated intravascular coagulation', which is thrombosis.

PIB Fact Check claims the video is fake and misleading
The Press Information Bureau's Fact Check account shared the video on their Twitter handle. They shared that the video is Fake and that COVID-19 is indeed a virus. There is no specific medicinal cure available yet. Here is the tweet:

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Claim- A widely circulated video on social media claims that #Covid19 is a bacteria & which can be treated with aspirin#PIBFactCheck- This is #Fake. Coronavirus is a virus and there is no specific medicinal cure available yet.

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Another similar video has been circulating on social media. This video is 45 seconds long and talks about how Italy broke the norms that were set by the World Health Organisation. It talks about how the WHO will be sued worldwide for covering up deaths. It also claims that the rule of not doing an autopsy and burying the bodies directly is because of the fear that it will be revealed that COVID-19 is not a virus. It also speaks of an antibacterial gel and chlorine dioxide working against COVID-19. It also speaks of how Pandemic is just another way to control everyone and reduce the world population.

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Such claims have no backing whatsoever and thus are fake and misleading. About the thrombosis and anti-bacterial claims in such videos, there has been a Fact Check done by Republic on the topic. Thrombosis or blood clots, which is said to be the reason behind COVID-19 deaths by the video, is a frequent complication in COVID-19 patients. This is claimed by scientific studies. However, there is no evidence on thrombosis is the major cause of death for COVID-19 patients. More information on the same is given in the Fact Check below:

Aspirin and coronavirus
As per, Aspirin is good medicine to help with the fever, pains, and sneezing during COVID-19. It claims that it is highly effective in children and a little less effective on adults. It can prove to be damaging to senior patients of coronavirus. Thus, while aspirin can only help with the fever and cold, it is only well-effective on children.


Fact Check: Is COVID-19 a bacteria and can it be treated with Aspirin? - Republic World