There has been a lot of misinformation about the coronavirus being spread online. There are fake reports that vodka can be used as hand sanitizer, drinking copious amounts of alcohol will not protect you from COVID-19, and that the coronavirus was engineered by U.S. scientists as a biological weapon. The latest coronavirus conspiracy theory to spread online is that the virus can cured with cocaine.
There were numerous false reports on the internet claiming that cocaine was a cure for the coronavirus. Counterpoint: Cocaine won’t give you coronavirus. However, I’m sad to report that those assertations are unreservedly false. There were doctored images of fake news channel screenshot with the headline “cocaine kills coronavirus.”
While cocaine might be a hell’uva drug, it isn’t actually a hell’uva drug to cure coronavirus. The claims asserting that nose candy was a panacea for COVID-19 were absolutely false. A huge blow for traders on Wall Street, who were already having a lousy Monday.
There were so many fake news reports that cocaine was a remedy for COVID-19 that the French government was forced to issue a warning. The official Twitter account for France’s health ministry dismissed the myth on Sunday by tweeting: “No, cocaine does NOT protect against COVID-19. It is an addictive drug that causes serious side effects and is harmful to people’s health.”
This is terrible news for the people who were stocking up on the nose powder in hopes of creating the first coronavirus vaccine.
Maybe people shouldn’t be so quick to jump to conclusions. Have scientists actually attempted to treat coronavirus with doses of cocaine? Just to be sure. And are they looking for volunteers to be tested?
There are over 114,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with over 4,000 deaths worldwide. France has the fifth-most cases of COVID-19 with 1,412 people infected, following China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran.
Social media companies such as Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter have announced plans to partner with health organizations to provide accurate information about the coronavirus. They also said they would introduce strict measures to stop the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.
Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be working with the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to “help them get out timely, accurate information on the coronavirus.”
Twitter encouraged its users to “report suspicious activity or abuse to us immediately” regarding the COVID-19.
TikTok teamed up with the WHO to “get you the trusted health info you need.”