By Rakesh Vuppu On March 31st, 2020

A video is being widely shared on Facebook with the claim that Muslims are spreading coronavirus disease by applying their saliva to plates and spoons. Let’s check the authenticity of the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of Muslims applying their saliva to plates and spoons to spread the coronavirus disease.

Fact: The first Coronavirus case in the world was registered in December 2019. But the video is found to exist on social media at least since July 2018. So, the video is an old one and the claim is FALSE.

The first Coronavirus case in the world was registered in China in December 2019.

Through reverse image search, the video was found to have existed on the internet at least since July 2018. The video was first posted on Twitter and it was found that the Muslims in the video belonged to ‘Bohra’ community and they were doing so in the video to not waste food. When searched on Google with specific keywords, the same video was found on ‘Vimeo’. The description in this video also had the same information about that video. 

When searched for more information about the ‘Bohra’ community, an article of news agency – ‘The National’ was found. As per this video, the entire Bohra family eats in a single plate ‘Thaal’ and they have ‘no-wastage’ policy. So, they do not leave a single grain of rice on their plate when it is taken away. Also, Bohra men are easy to identify as they put white topis (head caps) with golden embroidery.  

When the head caps of the persons in the video are compared with the head caps worn by Bohra Muslims, they were found to be similar. So, the Muslims in the video belong to Bohra Community and they are licking plates and spoons to not waste food.

To sum it up, an old video of Bohra Muslims licking plates and spoons to have the leftover food is being shared as ‘Muslims spreading coronavirus disease’.

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Originally published at Factly