Fact check: Viral video of a doctor testing blood sample of ‘coronavirus’ patient

Fact check: Viral video of a doctor testing blood sample of ‘coronavirus’ patient

- A video went viral after claiming that a doctor tested a blood sample of a patient infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus

- The video showed a man wearing a white lab gown and testing two kinds of blood samples

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and just misleading the public

- The man in the video had clarified the video and said that he is not a doctor and it was just a project

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A video has been circulating on social media after claiming that a doctor tested the blood samples from a person allegedly infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.

However, KAMI learned that the claim is false and misleading the public.

In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse, the video was first published by the website World Star Hip Hop on January 29, 2020.

“Scary: Doctor Shows The Difference Between Healthy And Contagious Coronavirus Blood!” the headline read.

The video showed a man wearing a white lab coat testing the samples of “normal blood” and “patient zero” blood.

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As reported by Agence France-Presse, the man in the video came forward and told the news agency that he is not a doctor. He is a student who made the video for a college project regarding how videos can go viral on the Internet.

“Yes it's fake, I have a college course in digital literacy and social media. Our project was [to] pick a platform and post/describe how people get viral,” the guy in the video said.

“I never intended to blow up like that. I did [tag] satire and made sure I was fake enough but I guess it wasn't. Once my video was down, that Twitter user had saved a copy and re-uploaded. That one is currently at 8 [million views]. I don't know if you noticed but in that video I didn't say the word coronavirus at all,” he added.

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As previously reported by KAMI, the 2019 novel coronavirus is now spreading in the Philippines as well and the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a third case in the country.

The first 2019 novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China. As of posting time, the death toll in China has risen to 560.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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