Video of parasite removal from a person’s lip falsely linked with Coronavirus

A 1:37 minutes video is circulating on Facebook with the claim that it shows a Coronavirus patient being treated. The video has been shared by the Facebook page of an NGO named For Change.

Korona virus, very new deadly form of virus, china is suffering, may come to India immediately, Team ForChange NGO is requesting to everyone to avoid any form of cold drinks, ice creams, koolfee, etc, any type of preserved foods, milkshake, rough ice, ice colas, milk sweets older then 48 hours, for atleast 90 days from today.

Posted by ForChange on Monday, 27 January 2020

The accompanying caption says, “Korona virus, very new deadly form of virus, china is suffering, may come to India immediately, Team ForChange NGO is requesting to everyone to avoid any form of cold drinks, ice creams, koolfee, etc, any type of preserved foods, milkshake, rough ice, ice colas, milk sweets older then 48 hours, for at least 90 days from today.”

The same video has been uploaded by several users on social media. Alt News has received multiple fact-check requests on its official mobile application.

FACT-CHECK

After breaking down the video into keyframes and running a reverse image search on Yandex, it was found that the video shows parasite removal from a patient’s lip. The clip was uploaded by a YouTube page Punto Negro three months ago. The title in Spanish – ‘Gusano en el labio’ – translates to “worm on the lip”.

 

The video can be watched below.

A report published on August 17, 2015, by Mirror UK shared a similar video of a woman who got a live maggot pulled out from her lips.

Below is a video explaining how another insect ‘BotFly’ also burrows inside human skin.

Speaking with Alt News, State Surveillance Officer Of Communicable Disease, Directorate Of Health Services (DHS), Goa confirmed that there have been no cases of Coronavirus in India as of now.

Furthermore, Office of the Media Superintendent at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospital, Imphal has written a letter to the Superintendent of Police, Imphal West, Manipur, about social media claims regarding Coronavirus. The letter states that a viral message claims that a patient infected with the virus has been admitted at RIMS hospital however, this is false. “Such cases are not confirmed in India and also Manipur,” the letter informs.

 

It is noteworthy that patients suspected to show similar signs of the disease have been kept under observation in Mumbai, Pune, Bihar and Delhi. In the latest news, a Kerala student is India’s first confirmed case.

A video of a parasite being removed from a person’s lip is linked to the outbreak of Coronavirus in China.

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