A video is doing rounds on social media in which a man, alleging to be a doctor, is claiming that COVID-19 is like simple flu. He further claims that wearing a mask can lead to oxygen deficiency in the body and the COVID-19 vaccine is causing several thousands of deaths, much more than COVID-19.
A Facebook user has shared the video with the caption, “Dr. Tarun kothari Din of Nayar Hospital mumbai ( M. B. B. S / M. D.) Sp. MRD TB”(sic)
NewsMobile did a fact check and found that all the claims in the post are FAKE.
Claim 1: Dr Tarun Kothari is the Dean of Nair Hospital, Mumbai
On running a Google search, we found out that the current Dean of the municipal corporation-run hospital based in Mumbai is Dr Ramesh Bharmal.
When we checked Kothari’s social media and website, we found out that he is an independent medical practitioner and radiologist based in Peeragarhi, Delhi who has been downplaying the impact of COVID-19 and calling it a ‘scandal’ and a ‘fake pandemic’.
In a tweet, he has mentioned that Facebook has blocked two of his accounts for posting misinformation about COVID-19.
Claim 2: Wearing a mask will cause oxygen deficiency in the body.
We found out that World Health Organisation (WHO) on its website has clarified that the prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency.
It further states that the mask should fit properly so that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally.
The government of India’s nodal information agency – the Press Information Bureau (PIB) also debunked the claim and said that masks do not increase the level of carbon dioxide in the lungs.
दावा: एक मैसेज में दावा किया जा रहा है कि लंबे समय तक मास्क के उपयोग से शरीर में कार्बन डाइऑक्साइड की अधिकता और ऑक्सीजन की कमी हो जाती है।#PIBFactCheck: यह दावा #फ़र्ज़ी है। #कोरोनावायरस के संक्रमण से बचाव के लिए सही तरीके से मास्क जरूर लगाएं। pic.twitter.com/ziSDpPOnhL
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) May 8, 2021
The same was also debunked by NewsMobile earlier, See the article here.
Claim 3: Covid-19 vaccine is causing more deaths than COVID-19.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on its website, mentions that 42 lakh people have lost their lives due to Coronavirus, whereas, as per a press release by Press Information Bureau, the number of deaths reported following COVID-19 vaccination in the country is only 0.0002%.
The press release further states that the mortality rate for those testing positive for COVID-19 disease is more than 1% and COVID-19 vaccination can prevent these deaths. Therefore, the risk of dying following vaccination is negligible as compared to the known risk of dying due to COVID-19 disease.
Claim 4: COVID-19 is a simple flu
We found an article published by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in which they talked about similarities and differences between flu and COVID-19.
According to the article, both of these are infectious respiratory diseases, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new novel coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.
Earlier, NewsMobile has also debunked the claim that COVID-19 is ‘just a flu’.
Hence, based on the above information, it can be stated that the various claims made in the post are Fake.
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