A poster is being widely shared on social media with text embedded on it that reads, “The next to go, Wear a mask and wash your hands! Avoid touching your face. Maintain a safe distance from others.”
A social media user shared the poster with a caption that reads, “Affiche qui date de 1918” (English translation, “Affiche qui date de 1918”)
The link to the post can be seen here.
NewsMobile did the fact-check and found the claim to be fake.
On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found a similar poster was uploaded by a website, Fine Arts America. The caption of the image poster read, “POSTER TUBERCULOSIS, 1919. ‘The Next To Go. Fight Tuberculosis!’ Poster for the American Red Cross Christmas seal campaign, 1919.”
We compared the viral image with the original image and found that the viral image was morphed. In the original image, it is written, “Fight Tuberculosis! Red Cross Christmas Seal.”
We also found the original poster was also published by Alamy.com with the caption that read, “Tuberculosis Public Health Poster, 1919.”
Thus, a public health poster to create awareness on TB has been morphed and falsely shared as a COVID-19 poster dating back to 1918.