From the time the coronavirus spread started, many home remedies and test are becoming viral on social media. The fear of the virus is making people believe all the misinformation and fake news that is spreading through social media. Nowadays a self-check for coronavirus is going viral on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp, that will help you to test yourself for COVID-19 just sitting at your home.
What Is the Claim That Is Being Made:
The claim that is surfacing on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp is that people can have a test for COVID-19 on themselves every day just by holding their breath for 10 seconds. One of the Facebook posts which were posted on March 13 suggested that take a deep breath and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If you can hold your breath without coughing, discomfort stiffness or tightness this shows that there is no infection in the lungs. It suggested to carry out the self-check early morning in clean air. This post was posted on the Facebook page “Relationship Essentials Radio”.
What’s the Truth About the Claims:
University of Maryland Chief Quality Officer and Chief of Infectious Diseases Dr Faheem Younus came out on Twitter on March 16 and confirmed that the claims are false. He tweeted that most of the young patient who has coronavirus will be able to hold their breath for more than 10 seconds and many old people who do not have coronavirus will not be able to hold their breath for 10 seconds.
The post that is circulating has shown its source to be unnamed Stanford Hospital Board member but On March 13, Stanford University tweeted has tweeted that the misinformation about the symptoms and treatment that is circulating on social media is not from Stanford University. Stanford Health Care spokeswoman Lisa Kim issued a statement on March 17 and said that the dangerous claims were not issued by the Stanford Medicine and the information shared by it is inaccurate. Thus the claims made in the post are false.