Fact Check: Is COVID19 A Virus or A Bacteria

A post has been doing the rounds on social media for quite sometime claiming that Covid-19 is just a bacterial infection and not a virus, as widely claimed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Italian scientists have found a remedy for treating COVID-19.

News Sense Fact Check received the video from some of our reader who wanted to verify with us whether the claims made in the video were authentic or not.

The Viral Message

The video which is viral on Social Media platforms mainly on Facebook and Twitter and circulated widely on WhatsApp starts as saying, “Finally W.H.O. cheated the world ,Corona is not a Virus but a bacterial infection and patients can cure only in one day. See this video and make it viral send to many as possible (sic)” followed by a video, which is attached to it.

We started our verification from WHO and found that, Covid-19 is a virus and not a bacterial infection. On its official website, WHO, clearly states in its ‘Myth Busters‘ section that the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus.

The same point is also elaborately replicated in the official website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Finally we also found that the PIB fact check desk has put out a tweet busting the claim of COVID-19 being a bacteria. It has added that there is no specific medicinal cure for the virus, available yet.

Moreover, it is medically proved that the antibiotics do not work against viruses, it works against bacteria. COVID 19 is also caused by a virus, so antibiotics won’t work against it. Therefore, antibiotic shouldn’t be used as a means for prevention and treatment of COVID 19 in anyway. They should be used for the treatment of any bacterial infection under the expert advise of physician.

Claim: COVID-19 is a Bacterial Infection

Conclusion: COVID-19 is a virus and not a Bacterial infection

NB: Don’t share or forward any misleading information on your social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, by doing so you are also becoming someone, who is creating panic and confusion among the larger mass and this is a punishable offense.