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Fact Check: Post claiming weed kills coronavirus is fake

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: February 13, 2020

A viral post on social media claims that scientists have discovered that weed kills coronavirus. Along with the post a screengrab has been shared showing a dried bud and the caption with states: Weed kills coronavirus. Vishvas News investigated and found that the viral post is fake.

Claim

A post shared on Twitter by a user named Marty love_dj reads: #coronavirusupdate scientist have discovered that weed kills corona virus.
Along with the post a screengrab has been shared showing a dried bud and the caption with states: Weed kills marijuana. The archived version of the post can be checked here.

Investigation

Vishvas News started its investigation and 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.

When Vishvas News performed the Google Reverse Image Search on the screengrab of the image which appears to be a news bulletin, we found that there are certain meme generators that have generated the same image.

We also found that there is a BREAKING NEWS format in the screengrab of the viral post. There are certain online memes generators through which such format can be created.

We searched online reports and medical researches on whether weed kills coronavirus, we did not find any authentic report.

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: Weed doesn’t kill coronavirus. Fake post getting viral.

  • Claim Review : Weed kills coronavirus
  • Claimed By : Twitter user Marty love_dj
  • Fact Check : False
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