Machupo Virus in Paracetamol fake news

I read this post last year. Already debunk it, but it’s doing its rounds again. Its just so interesting people tend to spread fake news more easily the scarier they are.

AMARAN URGENT!
Berhati-hati untuk tidak mengambil paracetamol yang ditulis P / 500. Ia adalah paracetamol yang baru, sangat putih dan berkilat, doktor menasihati bahawa ia mengandungi virus “Machupo”, dianggap sebagai salah satu virus yang paling berbahaya di dunia, dengan kematian yang tinggi kadar. Sila kongsi mesej ini, dengan semua orang di senarai kenalan anda serta keluarga, dan menyelamatkan nyawa atau nyawa …. Saya telah melakukan bahagian saya, kini giliran anda … ingat bahawa Tuhan membantu mereka yang membantu orang lain & diri sendiri!

Teruskan seperti yang diterima.

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Usually accompanied by a pic of the Paracetamol, which is also known as Panadol or acetaminophen.

Quickly google machupo Virus and you will find all the news sites states the post is fake.

The following are the top links I found at the time of search.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/paracetamol-warning/

http://m.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2069126/paracetamol-pills-malaysia-do-not-contain-deadly-virus-says

http://www.hsa.gov.sg/content/hsa/en/News_Events/HSA_Updates/2017/machupovirushoax.html

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/09/health-dg-dont-believe-claims-about-virus-in-paracetamol/

Classic Brunei pics

These were shared in my whatsappp groups. Old images of activities at the jetty or “tambing”, including of a “padian”, where an old lady sells grocery items like fruits and vegetables from a boat. Something we don’t see anymore in Brunei.

Treating gastric with milk may make it worst

A quick Google search shows that it is the case for the m majority of gastritis sufferers.

According to the website

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2012/11/gut-feelings-about-gastritis

Although stress and spicy foods don’t cause gastritis and ulcers, they can make symptoms worse. Milk might provide brief relief, but it also increases stomach acid, which can worsen symptoms. Your doctor may recommend taking antacids or other drugs to reduce acid in the stomach.

I understand gastritis to be a serious problem for some people. And this suggestion triggered me a bit. Knowing from some of my friends and family who suffer from gastritis who actually experience it getting worse after drinking milk.

What I noticed what works for most of them is eating alkaline foods like leafy vegetables.

Supposedly a kidney doctor advised against drinking cold water or soft drinks

The following is a whatsapp post in a group I am in.

*Ketua Hospital Kerajaan Dr. Adib Rizvi, pakar buah pingang memohon agar semua Muslim menahan diri dari minum sebarang air gas. Terutama air gas yg sejuk dalam bulan Ramadan akan datang ini. Kata beliau setelah berpuasa sepanjang hari buah pinggang akan kekeringan, buah pinggang akan berhenti dengan meminum air sejuk ini. Semua minuman sejuk seperti 100plus, Coke, Pepsi, Fanta, Miranda, 7up, Sprite, Mountain Dew dan lain lain hendaklah dielakkan sepenuhnya. Adalah lebih baik minum jus buah buahan segar tanpa ais.*
*Sebelum bulan ramadan tiba, tolong sebarkan makluman ini kepada semua Muslim yang anda kenal, agar kita sihat untuk bribadat.*

A quick google seaech on dr adib rizvi showed that the person cited denied he ever posted nor stated such things.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/193508-siut-debunks-fake-message

Now I am not promoting drinking of softdrinks, as I personally have reduced drinking high carbohydrate foods and drinks when I can. But this info is just ridiculous stating the kidneys will stop functioning when you drink soft drinks. If it did you would ve dead in a few weeks.

It will however happen if you were dehydrated, soft drink whether hot or cold is better than being dehydrated.

https://www.healthline.com/health/kidney-failure#causes

Looking into it further though, some cola drinks have been found to cause kidney stones.

consumption of 2 or more cola beverages per day was associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease. We saw no increase in risk associated with consumption of noncola carbonated beverages, or with noncola caffeinated beverages.

Mostly attributed to the phosphoric acid in the drinks.
According to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3433753/

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