- 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
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.
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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