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What are the conspiracy theories around COVID-19? Show more Show less
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Despite all evidence pointing to infected animals at China's Wuhan seafood market as the source of the COVID-19, conspiracies abound. These claims range from international political plot to eccentric effort to undermine the Chinese economy. So, what are the conspiracies around this previously unseen, potentially devastating, illness?

COVID-19 can be cured by taking drugs Show more Show less

We know the drugs don't work. but that hasn't stopped claims that illicit substances are a proven cure for COVID-19.
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Cocaine cures COVID-19

Taking the illegal drug, known for its potentially lethal strength, is the only known way to get rid of the virus.
Cocaine Coronavirus Drugs False Health Warning Misleading
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Context

(ALERT: Visit the WHO for accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic)[1] Cocaine, responsible for over 17,000 deaths in the US in 2017, is most well-known as a highly dangerous 'party drug'. However, in February 2020 the Nigerian marketing consultant Bizzle Osikoya, posted a Tweet claiming that taking the drug also had healing properties. Namely, that it could cure coronavirus.

The Argument

Cocaine is a powerful drug that is able to radically change the human physical condition. In the same way that it affects breathing, heart rate, personality and self-image, the drug can also eliminate COVID-19 from the human body.

Counter arguments

As the French government has stated,[2] there is absolutely no proof for this claim.[3] Rather, the poster posted the Tweet to disrupt information flows and obscure the truth. Curing disease is not a side effects of taking cocaine. Its impact is most widely linked to risk of death; violent behaviour; increased heart rate and blood pressure; dilated pupils; extraordinarily high blood pressure and constricted blood vessels.[4] Moreover, there is currently no cure for COVID-19.

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Rejecting the premises

References

  1. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  2. https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/epgqw4/coronavirus-cure-cocaine
  3. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/feb/11/facebook-posts/cocaine-not-shown-treat-novel-coronavirus/
  4. https://scottsdalerecovery.com/coronavirus-cannot-be-cured-by-drinking-bleach-or-snorting-cocaine-despite-social-media-rumors/
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