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Fact Check: Are Smokers And Vegetarians Less Vulnerable To Covid? Here’s The Truth

The survey suggested that despite coronavirus being a respiratory disease, smoking might be beneficial due to its role in increasing mucous production.

Presently, no conclusion can be drawn based on the serological studies that vegetarian diet & smoking may protect from Covid Representational image

Ever since the second wave of Covid-19 wreaked havoc in India, a lot of false rumours have surfaced online. Now, many media reports quoting a CSIR survey are making rounds on social media platforms claiming that smokers and vegetarians are less vulnerable to Covid-19.

The survey suggested that despite coronavirus being a respiratory disease, smoking might be beneficial due to its role in increasing mucous production. It also indicated that vegetarian food rich in fibre may have a role to play in providing immunity against Covid.

Press Information Bureau while quoting CSIR clarified that presently, no conclusion can be drawn based on the serological studies that vegetarian diet and smoking may protect from Covid. The CSIR said it has not issued any press note regarding this claim.

In a tweet, PIB wrote, ”Media reports claim that @CSIR_IND survey reveals smokers & vegetarians are less vulnerable to #COVID19 #PIBFactCheck: Presently, NO conclusion can be drawn based on the serological studies that vegetarian diet & smoking may protect from #COVID19.”

”The negative association with smoking has been reported elsewhere, but not shown to be causal. Further exploration is necessary before reaching any conclusions, especially since seropositivity is an imperfect marker of infection-risk and may equally well be explained by altered antibody response and dynamics,” CSIR clarified.

The Press Information Bureau launched this fact-checking arm in December 2019, to curb misinformation and fake news prevalent on the internet. It claimed that its objective was “to identify misinformation related to government’s policies and schemes that are circulating on various social media platforms”.  The government has time and again warned people about such misinformation and asked them to only believe trusted sources.

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