Quick Fact Check: Fake Post Claiming Wearing Mask To Protect From COVID-19 Causes Fungal Lung Infection Resurfaces

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: September 19, 2020

New Delhi (Vishvas News): A post related to masks has resurfaced on social media. It claims that wearing mask causes fungal infection and people are checking into emergency rooms due to this. Vishvas News has earlier investigated the claim and found it to be fake.


The post Vishvas News received on its Whatsapp Chatbot reads: People are starting to enter ERs with fungal lung infections from wearing masks!! Take breaks from your masks.” 


Vishvas News searched online reports on whether masks cause fungal lung infection. We did not find any credible reports supporting the claim.

We also found a report on the website of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which recommended that people should wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household.

 Dr. Nikhil Modi, a pulmonologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi also explained the importance of masks and said that this is a completely fake claim that wearing mask causes fungal lung infection.

The complete fact check can be read here.

The post is shared on Whatsapp on Vishvas Chatbot and has resurfaced on social media.

Conclusion: Wearing mask to protect from COVID-19 doesn’t cause fungal lung infection; viral post is fake.

  • Claim Review : Wearing Mask To Protect From COVID-19 Causes Fungal Lung Infection
  • Claimed By : Whatsapp user
  • Fact Check : False
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