Fact Check: Is radiation the only cause of oxygen shortage in your body?

Quick Take

A video monologue by an elderly person has gone viral on social media. In the video the person claims that the breathlessness caused by Covid-19 clearly proves that it is an effect of radiation. The person further claims that shortness of breath can be caused only by radiation and the Narendra Modi led Indian Govt is spreading radiation. We fact-checked the claims and found that they are false.

The Claim

The person claims radiation is the only cause of shortness of breath and further claims the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for spreading radiation. The video has been shared by multiple users. Such posts can be seen here, and here. A snapshot of the video is also given below.

Fact Check

Can radiation cause shortness of breath?

Yes. Radiation can cause shortness of breath.

For example, Cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy as treatment often have inflammation of the lungs called radiation pneumonitis which causes shortness of breath.

That said, any person who is exposed to radiation will experience multiple symptoms (radiation sickness) such as Nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea, Headache, Fever, Dizziness and disorientation, Weakness and Fatigue, Hair loss, Bloody vomit, and stools from internal bleeding.

Is radiation the only cause for shortness of breath?

No. Shortness of breath is a symptom associated with multiple diseases. It is NOT caused ONLY by radiation as the message claims.

Is the Indian Govt. spreading radiation?

There is no proof of the Indian Govt. spreading radiation.

Covid-19 is a worldwide pandemic that has affected nearly all countries. It is not a problem related only to India.

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