The latest spokesperson from WHO has faced many international criticisms to the liable information that is coming out. The fact check reveals the recent update says, WHO declared that the vegetarians are least affected by COVID – 19. The sources and resources from the centre have still not claimed anything on this ground.
Well, we would want to weigh the information as fact before understanding the roots of the claim. Apparently, this piece of information was posted on social media and claimed that it was a message that went viral as per the claims of WHO.
The Viral message
The message read, “no vegetarian has been affected by coronavirus because it requires animal fat in the body to survive.” The claim has been attributed to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The string of information had a translated set taking rounds on the internet too. It said, “Not a single vegetarian person has contracted coronavirus in the entire world, says the WHO report. Amazing Santana culture”.
AFWA, (India Today Anti Fake News War Room) has investigated the root of the claim and ascertained that there is no scientific evidence yet to prove the claim right. Actually, there is no solid proof to hold the fact that vegetarians are safe from coronavirus.
The WHO has not said that coronavirus cannot affect vegetarians or it needs animal fat in a body to survive. In fact, the global health body has recommended animal protein in its nutrition advice for adults during the Covid-19 outbreak.
They have legit contacted the WHO of the viral message that set the netizens go gaga over it. It is clarified that the fact viral message claimed is absolutely false & holds no value in the fact that vegetarians are least affected by COVID – 19. requires animal fat to survive.
According to WHO, the intent was not to endorse any particular diet nor to condemn any other, but to recognise that as long as people eat meat, there is a need to rear animals, slaughter them and distribute and sell the products.
According to WHO, “the intent was not to endorse any particular diet nor to condemn any other, but to recognise that as long as people eat meat, there is a need to rear animals, slaughter them and distribute and sell the products“.
“The proximity of animals and humans thus generated will create the opportunity of animal-human spillovers of infectious disease. It is important, therefore, that the trade in all livestock, from farm to table, be regulated in a One-Health approach, looking at animal and human health as one continuum, with all sectors involved acting in unison,” reads the WHO statement.
“This applies to an even greater extent to the illegal trade in wild animals for food, where other considerations, from law enforcement to quarantine and conservation, will also apply,” the statement further says.
The reports from the AFWA found that the WHO has never asked people to stop consuming non-vegetarian food during the pandemic. In fact, it has recommended animal protein as nutrition advice for adults during the Covid-19 outbreak.