A photo of Baba Ramdev visibly ill has gone viral. He is surrounded by doctors and a man in orange robes wearing a medical mask. Social media users claim that Ramdev drank cow urine in excess to avoid the coronavirus. As a result, his condition worsened.

A Facebook page named ‘Ravish’s Army’ posted the viral image. It has been shared 10,000 times (archived post). Similarly, a Twitter user also shared the viral image (archived tweet).

This picture is being shared with hashtag ‘farzinewsmeme’ on Facebook and Twitter. Alt News also received several requests to fact-check the images on WhatsApp (+917600011160) and on our official Android application.

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Alt News performed a reverse image search on Google and found the viral image in a 2011 article by India Today. According to the report, Ramdev broke a nine-day hunger strike against black money in Dehradun Hospital on June 12, 2011.

Therefore, the social media claim associated with the viral image. This isn’t the first time Ramdev’s image has gone viral with false claims. Last year, another image from the same incident was shared with the claim Ramdev underwent knee surgery in Germany. You can read the report by Alt News here.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.