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No vegetarian has been affected by the COVID-19.

WHO has not published any report stating vegetarians would not get infected with the coronavirus.

A post had gone viral, in which WHO Representative Gauden Galea portrayed as stating that there might be a chance of COVID-19 infection as long as people eat meat. Later, the statement circulated, claiming that according to a WHO report, no vegetarian in the world has been found to have coronavirus.

WHO directed the people to have nutritious, fresh, and unprocessed foods every day during the COVID-19 outbreak. Some nutritious food items that include vegetarian and non-vegetarian has been listed out by WHO and advised to drink enough water every day. It also mentioned that people who eat a well-balanced diet would be healthier with more robust immune systems and at a lower risk of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases.

The 6-second-video had been cut out from a 3-minute longer video report, which was published by CNN. Therefore, Galea did not advise against the consumption of meat, but his statement is in the context of exotic meat.

Hence, WHO has not released an advisory to the public claiming that vegetarians are not affected by a coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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