As coronavirus cases continue to surge across the nation, the demand for plasma donors for COVID-19 patients is at an all time high.
The search has been made difficult because of misinformation on the internet. One such message with a list of 64 plasma donors for COVID-19 patients is doing rounds on social media.
The post on Facebook reads: Dear friends Anyone requiring Plasma for Covid treatment please share these , a group of people ready to make plasma donation: We are ready to help pls share to u r friends,collegus,relation etc A+ Manjeet Bhoria 1.Srikanth O+ ,97…READ MORE
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.
We did a Google search with the relevant keywords and found the same list on Medium.com published on November 10, 2017. The headline of the article read, “List of Blood Donors in Chennai”.
We also found a post on Facebook published four years ago on February 21, 2017. The same list was shared but there was no mention of plasma donors.
NewsMobile contacted a few numbers on the list and found that most of the numbers are either not operational or switched off. We were however able to contact one person on the list who told us that he is not donating plasma and his number is being falsely circulated as a plasma donor.
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the list is old and not related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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