A post is being shared on social media with a claim that Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has published a report claiming that smokers and vegetarians are less likely to contract COVID-19.
A Facebook user shared the message which read, “Smokers, Vegetarians are less likely to contract Covid-19 Infection: CSIR Study.“
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be fake.
On running a Google search with some keywords we found that CSIR has issued a clarification for articles and posts that are making the above claim.
The release clarified that CSIR has NOT ISSUED any Press Note titled “CSIR Study Reveals Smokers and Vegetarians are Less Vulnerable to Covid-19 Infection.”
It also mentions that further exploration is necessary before reaching any conclusion, therefore, the organisation would like to state that NO conclusion can be drawn that the vegetarian diet and smoking may protect from Covid-19 based on these studies.
We also found a tweet by the government’s nodal agency Press Information Bureau (PIB), published on April 26, 2021, stating that presently, no conclusion can be drawn based on the serological studies that vegetarian diet and smoking may protect from COVID-19.
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
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 26, 2021
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has not issued a study claiming that smokers and vegetarians are less likely to contract COVID-19.
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