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WHO didn’t say vegetarians haven’t contracted Coronavirus

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A post claiming that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in a report that vegetarians haven’t contracted coronavirus has gone viral on Social media.

The post reads: “विश्व का एक भी शाकाहारी व्यक्ति कोरोना से ग्रस्त नहीं पाया गया : WHO की रिपोर्ट..”

Translation: “No vegetarian in the world has contracted coronavirus: WHO report.”


A quote by a WHO Representative has been added in the post to substantiate the claim.

Many other users also share the text post with the same claim



Using the keyword search on google, if there is any such report by WHO that made such a statement, no such report was found. We searched on the official website of WHO also not published any report that said vegetarians haven’t contracted with COVID-19.

There is no official statement of Dr. Gauden Galea that no vegetarian was infected by COVID-19. According to other media reports, the WHO Representative in China has clarified that his quote was taken out of context. He said – ‘The statement was part of a longer discussion about the continued global risk of zoonotic diseases and the potential for ‘spill-over’ into human populations.  The intent was not to endorse any particular diet nor to condemn any other, but to recognize that as long as people eat meat, there is a need to rear animals, to slaughter them, and to distribute and sell the products. He did not say that no vegetarian was infected by COVID-19.

WHO has also advised people that they can consume meat products if they are cooked thoroughly and properly handled during food preparation. Also, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in one of its reports, mentioned that ‘there is no evidence that animals or food of animal origin can transmit the virus COVID-19 to humans’.

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This confirms that there are no such reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO).






















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Shweta Jamsandekar

An aspiring journalist from Symbiosis institute of media and communication.