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Fact Check: Post claiming cocaine kills coronavirus is fake

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: February 18, 2020

A viral post on social media claims that scientists discover how a class A drug can eradicate and epidemic. The post which is also a screengrab in a news format has a text highlighted that read: Cocaine kills coronavirus. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral post is fake.

Claim

A post shared on Twitter claims that scientists discover how a class a drug can eradicate and epidemic. The post which is also a screengrab in a news format has a text highlighted that read: Cocaine kills coronavirus. The archived version of the post can be checked here.

Investigation

Vishvas News investigated and found on the website of National Institute of Health, Cocaine is a highly addictive drug and its long-term usage can lead to serious health issues.

We further searched whether there is any report which relates to cocaine and coronavirus. We did not find any authentic report which states that cocaine cures coronavirus.

Vishvas News found a report on the website of World Health Organization (WHO). As per WHO, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus.

It further states that some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials.

We searched for the photo used in the viral post using Google Reverse Image Search. The format of the image which appears to be a news bulletin was created using certain meme generators.

We also tried finding the source of the image of cocaine that was used in the viral post.

We found the same photo uploaded on istockphoto, bigstockphoto, and adobe stock. It is a copyrighted image. The photo did not feature in any news website as a coronavirus cure.

Vishvas News spoke to Dr. Vimal N. of Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, “This is a fake news. There is no evidence or research supporting this claim. There is no cure of novel coronavirus so far as also stated by WHO.

Vishvas News has earlier debunked fake and misleading posts related to coronavirus. These posts can be checked here.

Conclusion: Post claiming cocaine kills coronavirus is fake.

  • Claim Review : cocaine kills coronavirus
  • Claimed By : Twitter user: Anton Newcombe
  • Fact Check : False
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