A photo purportedly showing a well-stocked vegan food shelf while other food items are cleared out amid a round of panic buying during the novel coronavirus epidemic has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter. This is false; this photo has circulated online since September 2017 in reports about panic buying after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the US.
The photo, published here on March 4, has been shared more than 6,000 times after being posted to an Australia-based Facebook group with more than 180,000 followers.
The caption superimposed above the image states: "Even with the Corona Virus panic buying, no one wants to eat Vegan food."
Panic-buying has been reported across the globe in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia during the novel coronavirus epidemic, which has killed more than 7,000 people and infected over 180,000 others worldwide, AFP reported here and here.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:
The claim is false; the photo has circulated online since at least September 2017 in a post about panic buying Houston, a major city in the US state of Texas, ahead of a hurricane.
A reverse Google image search found that the photo was published on September 2, 2017 in this tweet by American comedian Matt Oswalt.
The caption of the photo reads: "'You have a choice Houston, starve to death...or eat vegan.' (ENTIRE CITY OF HOUSTON TAKES A BIG SWIG OF WHISKY)'I'll see you in hell.'"
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Updated On: 2020-03-18T00:09:24+05:30
Claim Review : Image shows a well-stocked vegan food shelf, while other food items are cleared out, amid a round of panic buying during the novel Coronavirus epidemic.
Claimed By : Social Media page in Australia
Fact Check : False