EXPLAINED: What is Arcturus? Is Conjunctivitis a Symptom of XBB.1.16 Variant?

A new coronavirus subvariant, XBB.1.16, known as Arcturus, has raised concerns among global health authorities. The World Health Organization (WHO) classified this variant as a “variant under monitoring,” indicating its potential to spread and cause infections.  Arcturus has gained traction in India causing a surge in cases and prompting the reinstatement of mask mandates in […]

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Old video from UP passed off as women arrested for stone pelting during the Ram Navami processions in Madhya Pradesh

The video has no relation with the recent violence during Ram Navami celebrations in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. The video shows the family of a COVID-19 deceased being escorted to a quarantine centre in Moradabad. A video showing police arresting a group of women is widely circulating on social media with the claim that these are […]

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Old and Unrelated Image of truckers protesting in Canada shared as recent protest against Covid Vaccine Mandate. 

Recently, Canada government decided to make COVID vaccine mandatory. To ensure this, Canadian government has imposed health tax on the unvaccinated. People must be vaccinated to go to restaurants, gyms or even for travelling in planes and trains. Similarly, government has made vaccine mandatory for truckers who are crossing US border.  People in Canada, especially […]

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Man falsely claiming Ginger Powder can cure COVID-19 in the viral video is not Neurologist Dr. Sushil Razdan

Neurologist Dr. Sushil Razdan has clarified in an interview that the viral video is shared falsely in his name. He also insists people to maintain COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. Dry ginger powder will not prevent or cure COVID-19. As Covid-19 cases in India rise rapidly and threat of a third wave of COVID-19 continue to loom over […]

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No, Bill Gates did not “confess” that Covid-19 vaccines are harmful and should be withdrawn immediately

With the number of COVID-19 positives on the rise again, social media is also getting flooded with misinformation related to the infection as well as the vaccines.  One such message being forwarded on instant messaging apps claims that Bill Gates has confessed that the vaccines are harmful and has called for all Covid-19 vaccines to […]

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Fact Check: No, Phantom Comics Did Not Prophesize about ‘China Virus’ in 1957…

The original comic shows Phantom asking people to protect themselves from the ‘sleep death’ and not ‘China virus’. Several conspiracy theories regarding the Covid-19 pandemic had cropped up since the outbreak of the virus. As a new variant of this Covid-19 virus named as ‘Omicron’ becomes a global concern, new conspiracy theories have started surfacing […]

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No Movie Named ‘The Omicron Variant’ Was Released in 1963; Altered Photo of Another Movie’s Poster Shared With Misleading Claim…

The original poster of the film named “Phase IV” released in 1974 was digitally edited to create the viral poster. Becky Cheatle, who photoshopped the original poster, has clarified the same on Twitter. On November 26, World Health Organization (WHO) designated the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 as a ‘variant of concern’ and named it Omicron. According […]

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Dr. Fauci has NOT been sacked by the US Government nor have they admitted that COVID-19 is a man-made virus

A video is going viral on social media claiming that the U.S. government has sacked Dr. Fauci. The post further goes on to claim that the U.S government has finally admitted that the COVID-19 virus is man-made. Dr. Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Chief Medical Advisor […]

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EXPLAINER: Has Live Coronavirus Been Found in Sabarmati River of Gujarat?

Findings of research conducted by IIT Gandhinagar made headlines recently and caused huge panic everywhere.  Citing this research, news media websites reported that scientists found “traces of Coronavirus” in the Sabarmati River in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.  This led to viral messages and posts claiming “coronavirus was found in drinking water” on social […]

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Fake message claims that Singapore found that thrombosis is a major cause of Covid deaths

A viral message circulating on social media with regards to COVID-19 claims that Singapore doctors have found that WHO has hatched a conspiracy to mislead people about the disease and its treatment. The message further claims that Singapore’s health ministry has finally found a treatment procedure for the virus. The viral message further goes on to claim […]

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Coronavirus Conspiracy: No Connection between GlaxoSmithKline and Wuhan Lab

A viral message propagates a false conspiracy theory suggesting a nexus between Wuhan lab and major global pharmaceutical companies that caused in the Covid-19 pandemic.  The message ultimately puts forward a convoluted claim that the coronavirus was created in China with the help of vaccine makers with the intension to make profits.  Fact Crescendo received […]

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No, Holding Your Breath for 20 Seconds will not help you determine if you have a Covid-19 infection

Amidst the vast misinformation online, a self-check method to know if you have Covid-19 is going viral on various social media platforms. According to this viral simple self-monitoring test, people can determine whether they have Covid-19 by holding their breath for more than 20 seconds. Fact Crescendo received many fact-check requests about this test on […]

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Does inhaling camphor, clove, ajwain and eucalyptus oil help increase the oxygen level?

With the second wave of Covid-19 creating havoc in the country, social media is flooded with unverified and unscientific home remedies.  In one such viral message, it is being claimed that to increase the oxygen level one should inhale camphor, clove, ajwain and eucalyptus oil.  Fact Crescendo received many requests about this message on our […]

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Explainer- Has the WHO certified “Coronil” as a medicinal treatment for COVID-19

A viral claim, suggesting that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has certified Patanjali’s ‘Coronil’ as a medicine for the COVID-19 has been doing rounds on social media. Several social media users have shared posts claiming that Patanjali’s Coronil, which is an Ayurvedic medicine, has been approved by WHO for the treatment for COVID-19. The caption […]

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Were 40 students hospitalised after taking the COVID-19 vaccine?

Social media is flooded with misinformation related to the COVID-19 vaccination drive going on in India. Amidst this social media users  posted a newspaper clipping and claimed that 40 students were hospitalized soon after their injection of the COVID-19 vaccine in India. The headline of the newspaper clipping reads as “40 students hospitalised after vaccination in Knp” […]

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The boy seen on the image below did not develop the COVID-19 Vaccine along with Pfizer

An image of a Turkish immigrant family is being circulated on social media claiming that the “boy in the yellow t-shirt” in the photograph is Dr Ugur Sahin, the CEO of the Germany-based company, BioNTech SE, who developed the COVID-19 vaccine along with Pfizer Inc. The caption of the post mentions that “A family of Muslim immigrants from […]

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Is Uttarakhand preparing for a full lockdown of two days a week? Know the truth…

Many false and misleading news regarding the lockdown have been going viral on social media platforms. Fact Crescendo has previously debunked many such viral claims on lockdown violence, lockdown rules and regulations and lockdown duration and effectiveness before. Recently we came across an image of an online newspaper, which claimed that Uttarakhand is preparing for […]

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Nobel laureate Dr. Tasuku Honjo has NOT claimed that Coronavirus is man made and was manufactured in Wuhan

Social media is filled with debates on is the origin of the Coronavirus which has been declared as a pandemic and has claimed thousands of lives in the world. Amidst this a viral message on social media claims that ‘Japan’s professor of Physiology or Medicine’, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo, while addressing the media said that […]

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This video of allegedly infected notes thrown on the road with the intention of spreading coronavirus in Delhi is fake.

In India, the fear of coronavirus has spread so much that these days people have started to view general incidents in context to the COVID19 situation. In the same context, it is being claimed through a viral video on social media that a few currency notes of a coronavirus-infected person were scattered along the road […]

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Fake WhatsApp message claiming no COVID-19 Deaths in Israel due to miraculous solution of Lemon and Bicarbonate…

COVID-19 pandemic has brought down the world to an unprecedented halt momentarily. The deadly novel coronavirus has so far infected over 8 lac people across the globe with COVID-19 related deaths approaching 40K. The Pandemic has hit almost every country on the globe with a few exceptions like North Korea. While the world is battling […]

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Post Lockdown shops will remain closed, Detention by police, No home deliveries? No this is Fake News!

After the Coronavirus outbreak in India, the country has come together to fight against the virus. Countrieshave been put into lockdown, schools closed, events canceled, factories shuttered, millionstold to workfrom home and emergency funds released. Amidst this we came across a viral message circulating on social media claiming that from 24th March 2020 during lockdown all grocery, milk, chemist, vegetable […]

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BBMP will not spray any medicine for COVID-19. Do not believe this rumor.

After the Coronavirus outbreak in India, the country has come together to fight against the virus. Countries have been put into lockdown, schools closed, events canceled, factories shuttered, millions told to work from home and emergency funds released. Amidst this we came across a viral message circulating on social media claiming that BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) has requested people not to […]

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Use of Chloroquine for treating COVID-19 , has not been approved by the WHO

The World Health Organization declared Coronavirus a pandemic and health emergency on 11th March 2020. The virus has taken about 6606 lives globally until now. On 17th March 2020 we received a scanned copy of the printed edition of a leading english daily, Economic Times which claimed that “WHO has approved anti-malarial drug Chloroquine for the treatment […]

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MOH has not issued Office Memo stating compulsory holiday in 4 states due to COVID-19

We received a viral image on our WhatsApp number 9049053770 for Fact Check which claimed that Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as issued an office memorandum declaring compulsory holiday for the states of Maharashtra, Sikkim, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. The viral government office memorandum mention’s that, as a step towards  containing the COVID-19 disease […]

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Coronavirus: Mock Drill video passed off as Chinese police forcefully detaining patients

The internet is over flowing with social media users claiming that after the outbreak of Coronavirus in China, the Chinese government has started a mass extermination of human lives infected with coronavirus. We came across several videos, which claimed that the Chinese government has quarantined and locked up infected patient’s in their homes. As of […]

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Video from Shanghai made viral as being fromWuhan showing quarantined residents abusing each other.

The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern. WHO has reported more than 2000 deaths from China due to COVID-19.We came across a lot of misinformation on social media, which claimed that the Chinese Government has locked up residents in Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic; […]

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Was there a car crash in Wuhan due to a police road block created due to COVID-19? No, this is Fake News!

The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, the internet is flooded with old and unrelated content adding up to the chaos among the masses. The internet is filled with content claiming to have the cure, cause, precaution of COVID-19. Wuhan, a Chinese city is believed to be the epicentre […]

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There is No Govt or WHO advisory restricting the purchase of Chinese products during Holi due to COVID-19

The internet is filled with various  stories and claims related COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Social media users have also shared several advisories against buying Chinese products since China is the epicentre of the virus. World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern. According to WHO’s daily Situation Report on 20 […]

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WHO declared Coronavirus as COVID-19 which stands for Corona Virus Disease NOT China Outbreak Virus In December 19

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Novel Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Scientists have mapped the genomic sequence of the virus but are still researching the source of the virus. In light of the health emergency, social media is filled with several false narratives claiming to have found the source and […]

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Fake Alert- 2.8 Million NOT infected, 112000 NOT dead and 23 Million NOT quarantined in China due to Coronavirus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Novel Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Scientists have mapped the genomic sequence of the virus but are still researching the source of the virus. In light of the health emergency, social media is filled with several false narratives claiming to have found the source and […]

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