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Covid-19 Fact: Children are not immune to Covid-19 and they should wear masks.

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With schools starting soon, health care authorities are working towards providing a safe environment for children. Health care officials in US and Canada have recommended that children above the age of two must wear masks inside the school premises. Masks were made mandatory in public places as it reduces the risk of transmission of coronavirus. But some people still refuse to wear masks in public due to several illogical reasons and conspiracy theories. Recently, a flyer went viral across social media with some ridiculous claims.

A Facebook user ‘Shelia Cooper’ has shared a flyer in her post (Archived here) on August 17, 2020. The flyer with the title ‘UN-MASK OUR KIDS’ talks about the risk of children acquiring the virus by wearing masks. Further, the flyer provides some unproven and self-proclaimed facts about the chances of children acquiring and transmitting the virus. The flyer also talks about the risks children might face wearing the mask.

Another social media user ‘Jodie Meschuk’ , shared the same flyer in an Instagram post on Aug 30, 2020 (Archived here). Jodie often talks about anti-vaccination in her posts.

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👉🏻Still👈🏻 so many kids in masks. It doesn’t have to be this way. You get to choose. You are the line in the sand mama. It feels like a good time to bring this post back up again: . “Friends Don't Let Friends Mask Their Children." Wow, it started some great discussion! A couple of you requested a TOOL YOU CAN USE to encourage your friends to weigh the costs and benefits of putting masks on children. Well, you asked, and so I've created a clear and simple half-sheet flyer for you to engage in conversation with people around you. You don't even have to state your opinion, if you're afraid of causing conflict. Just hand them the flyer and say something like, "I thought this was interesting and I'm wondering what you think." This is for your use, wherever you see fit. Think about the people in your community who interact with or influence kids the most, such as teachers, school admin, day care staff, the dance studio, the gymnastics center, the karate dojo, your friends and neighbors, your MOPS group, your extended family, and whomever else you want to challenge to think outside the box. You can share it on your social media (please tag me) and we can educate parents together. Sound good? The download is completely FREE, no need to sign up for anything at all. See link in profile. #unmaskedrevolution

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Claim 1: ‘The chance of a child dying from COVID-19 rounds to zero’

Truth: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most reported SARS-CoV-2 infections in children younger than 18 are asymptomatic or mild. Current evidence from North America and China suggests that children with certain underlying medical conditions and infants might be at increased risk for severe illness from SARS-CoV-2 infection. Dr Dean Blumberg, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Health, told AFP by phone: “Children are less likely to get infected compared to adults when they’re exposed to an infectious case, but they still do get infected. And we know that children have died from COVID-19.” This was echoed by Dr Erin Silverman, clinical research coordinator at the University of Florida College of Medicine. “We know that COVID-19 is less fatal in children than adults and children are less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19,” Silverman said in an email. However, she cautioned that the number and rate of cases in children in the United States has been steadily increasing from March to July 2020, with the percentage of children with COVID-19 requiring hospitalization also on the rise. “Nearly 100 kids have died as a direct result of COVID-19 this year. The claim that you can take that number and ’round to zero’ isn’t as comforting if it’s your child or the child of someone you care about dying,” Silverman said. Blumberg also pointed to the post-infection risk of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), which causes multiple organs to become painfully inflamed. “Those children are quite ill, many of them in the intensive care unit,” he explained.

Claim 2: ‘The chances of an asymptomatic child transmitting COVID-19 rounds to zero’

Truth: An August 19 CDC publication for pediatric health care workers reported that 16 percent of children with a SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic. While this study from France suggested it could be as many as 45 percent of infected children. Dr Benjamin Lee, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont, said by email: “The chance of an asymptomatic child transmitting COVID-19 is low, but is not zero, and nobody in the scientific community has ever argued that children are incapable of transmitting the virus.” Dr Sunil Sood, chairman of Pediatrics – Infectious Disease at Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital, agreed, telling AFP by phone that there is no biological reason that a child would not be able to transmit the virus to somebody else. Also Read: Plandemic Sequel Clip Makes Misleading Claims About COVID-19 Vaccine

Claim 3: ‘Children and anyone healthy are extremely resilient and natural exposure to viruses helps build an even stronger immunity.’

Truth: University of Vermont’s Lee explained that this claim is misleading. “The adverse consequences of infection with many viruses can be devastating — which is why vaccines against them were developed,” he said. “Nobody would trade ‘stronger immunity’ to poliovirus for the paralysis that might result from natural infection.” Lee also pointed to this study, which found “measles infection can greatly diminish previously acquired immune memory, potentially leaving individuals at risk for infection by other pathogens.” The University of Florida’s Silverman also pointed to the measles in saying, “Vaccines are much, much safer than non-vaccine exposure.”

Claim 4: Wearing a mask will lead to a slow build-up of CO2.

Truth: AFP Fact Check has previously debunked false claims that mask-wearing will lead to hypoxia, a lack of oxygen in the body, or hypercapnia, a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood. Lee agreed, saying: “There is no scientific evidence that wearing a mask causes a slow build-up of CO2 in quantities sufficient to cause health effects.” “CO2 is a gas, made up of individual molecules infinitesimally smaller than even a virus, and can easily diffuse through cloth. To argue that masks cause a significant build-up of CO2 is akin to arguing that cloth facial coverings are air-tight.” This was echoed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Claim 5: Wearing a mask will lead to ‘suffocation for babies or toddlers who cannot communicate when they need more oxygen’

Truth: No public health agency recommends masks for babies. The CDC recommends children older than two wear a mask over their nose and mouth when in public settings in which it is difficult to practice social distancing. As of August 21, the World Health Organization advises that children under age five not be required to wear a mask. UC Davis’s Blumberg said mask exemptions should extend to any child who cannot safely remove the mask themselves, including “older children who may have impaired neurodevelopment.” Also Read: Anti-mask Posts Use Fake WHO Document To Spread Misinformation

Claim 6: Wearing a mask will lead to ‘inhaling micro-mold caused by trapped water vapors from exhalation’

Truth: Asked about this claim, Sood, an expert in infectious diseases, said: “It is just completely false and baseless.” “The mask itself is not a risk,” he said. The CDC recommends everyone wash and completely dry cloth face coverings after each wearing. If a mask gets wet, it is advisable to change it, but Blumberg, who specializes in preventing and treating childhood infections, said: “Even if they do get wet by the child’s own mouth — their own oral fora — they’ve already been exposed to those bacteria… so that’s not going to expose them to additional bacteria.”

Claim 7: Wearing a mask will lead to ‘ingestion of bacteria or parasites on the mask from kids’ unwashed hands touching it’

Truth: Good hand hygiene is key to avoiding infection from the novel coronavirus and other bacteria or parasites. Lee said, “Pinworms and diarrheal illnesses have been with us from time immemorial, long before COVID-19. There is no evidence to suggest that these infections have been occurring more frequently in areas where more children are wearing masks.” “Ultimately, we are not putting children at risk by asking that they wear a mask. When everyone wears a mask, even children, that makes everyone’s child safer,” Lee added.

Here is an article from ‘BBC Future‘ with a much detailed explanation about the risk of children acquiring and transmitting the virus.

Conclusion: There is enough scientific evidence that wearing a mask would reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Please wear a mask. Don’t be a ‘KAREN’!

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Edited pic of Deepika Padukone’s top with “I STAND WITH INDIAN FARMERS” caption is viral

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Mumbai: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was summoned by the Narcotics control bureau(NCB), Mumbai for investigation of drugs consumption/practice in Bollywood which is allegedly linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case. Deepika was in Mumbai on 26th September for NCB investigation. At the same time, farmers in India were protesting against the NDA govt.’s farm bills which were passed in the Parliament the same week.

A Photo of Deepika Padukone went viral on social media, where Deepika can be seen wearing a Black t-shirt with “I Stand with Indian Farmers” written over the tee. A Facebook page by name ‘कन्हैया कुमार फैन'(Kanhaiya Kumar Fan) posted the same photo which got over 7.5K shares and 81k likes. Archive

Caption says “ध्यान से देखिए. टी शर्ट में लिखा है I stand with Indian Farmers. मतलब दीपिका ने गोदी मीडिया को उसकी औकात दिखा दी” (Read carefully, i Stand with Indian farmers written over t-shirt, Means Deepika has shown the Godi Media its value).

The photo has been shared over twitter by many users.

Many users have shared this edited photo of Deepika Padukone on twitter, find here. Last Month, Sushant Singh Rajput’s Ex-Girlfriend Reah Chakraborty was seen wearing a t-shirt with the quote “Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you” when she was visiting NCB office in Mumbai for interrogation, and later she was arrested after 9 hours of interrogation.

On 9th January,  Deepika Padukone was seen standing with JNU students in solidarity after JNU student leader and other students were beaten by allegedly ABVP members. Deepika was praised by many across India for her bold move and standing against the odds.

FactO Check:

To find the truth about this viral photo, we did a simple reverse image search and found an Indian Express article published on 20th March 2018 with the heading “Celeb spotting: Priyanka Chopra, Chitrangda Singh, Deepika Padukone, and others”, the Deepika photo was captioned as “Deepika Padukone was seen coming out of the airport. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)”.

Conclusion: Photoshopped photo of Deepika Padukone has been shared during the Farmer’s protest. The original photo is 2 years old as per the source. The claims are misleading and false.

 

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25 year old Amul’s cartoon resurfaced, after Kangana-Urmila controversy

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Mumbai: While talking to Rajdeed Sardesai of India Today, Actress Urmila Matondkar refused Kangana’s claim of Drugs exercise in Bollywood parties. On the same day Kangana Ranaut called Urmila a soft-porn-start on national TV, while talking to Navika Kumar of Times now. Kangana said, “Urmila Matondkar, she is soft porn star, she is not known for her acting for sure, what is she’s known for? for doing soft porn, right. If she can get a ticket, why can’t I get a ticket?”.

Amul Corp, which is known for its daily toon on current affairs, was accused of featuring Urmila in their latest cartoon. Many took on twitter asking Amul’s stand on the sexist cartoon on Urmila Matondkar.

A twitter user and INC member as per her Twitter bio, wrote “Amul has displayed the worst possible taste in releasing this ad. Playing up the ‘Urmilla Matondkar is a soft-porn actress’ accusation. Seriously, Amul?”,  (Archive)

Another wtitter user, Shah Alam Kham, wrote. “Dear @Amul_Coop @amulcares When you objectify female body it’s poor ethics. When you take sides and then objectify a woman from the other side, it’s vile, obnoxious mind set. In this corporatised world, this is also poor consumerism. You lost one customer for life.” (Archive)

FactO Check:

With a simple reverse image search, we found the cartoon on Amul’s official website, with the heading Amul hits 1995. The viral cartoon can be seen In the 2nd page. The viral Amul’s cartoon was made in 1995 during the Bollywood movie Rangela’s poster release, where Urmila was seen completely different from the 1992 movie Masoom. That’s the reason the tag line on Amul toon was “Not Masoom Anymore?”.

Ram Gopal Verma a well known Bollywood director posted the photo saying “Amul hoarding after RANGEELA released”.

While replying to Swati Chaturvedi, Anurag Kashyap tweeted, “If I am not mistaken, this came out when “Rangeela” released and not now. And it was based on the fact that Urmila was the child actor in “Masoom”. It was meant to be an appreciation. Now misused by trolls after the current scenario.”

Conclusion: We have found the viral Amul cartoon was made during the Bollywood movie Rangeela’s poster release, it’s not the latest cartoon as claimed by social media users

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Kangana Ranaut falls for satire, thanks Facebook for ‘mark yourself safe from Shiv Sena’ feature and later clarifies.

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Mumbai: Kangana has been in the limelight since the day she joined Twitter officially. She was initially in the news demanding justice for Sushant Singh Rajput, but then eventually tables have turned, due to Kangana Ranaut’s remarks on comparing Mumbai to PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). The focus now has shifted to Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena govt. vs Kangana Ranaut. Yesterday, she quoted “The Fauxy” in a tweet (Archive) thanking Facebook for introducing “Mark Yourself Safe From Shivsena Goons”. The Fauxy published an article satirical portal after an attack on Retd Navy officer by Shiv Sena goons for sharing a cartoon (archive here)

Kangana’s tweet went so viral and received over 8K RTs. She Wrote “Thank you Facebook free speech must be protected in a democracy, people need to be protected from Sonia Sena goons much like COVID -19 virus, thank you for being considerate, well done (Clap Emoji)”

In her previous tweets, she misled many people by sharing a 10-year-old Aamir khan’s fake quote , again falsely claiming that Aamir Khan said he was scared of India.

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When we checked their twitter handle and website, we found a disclaimer that says, “The Fauxy is a Satire Web Portal. The content of this website is a work of fiction. Readers are advised not to confuse the articles of The Fauxy as genuine and true.” We also found that many twitter users replied to the Kangana’s tweet and informed her the same. After multiple replies and clarifications by twitter users, the actress finally responded, but not to her tweet.

We found a tweet by Kangana responding to FJP India(Free Journal Press), where she has clarified that she was being sarcastic.

Conclusion: The social media users have a divided opinion on this. While many have trolled the actress, some believe that her tweet is intended for sarcasm. It would have been better, if Kangana has replied to her own tweet clarifying the issue.

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