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Cocaine does not protect against coronavirus despite what you may have heard

Set down the white powder, Canada, because cocaine does not protect against coronavirus — despite rumours to the contrary.

The alleged "cure" has been circulating on social media for a few weeks now. And incredibly, it actually gained enough traction to get the attention of health officials.

On Sunday, the French Ministry of Health took to Twitter to say, "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."

The French government also reassured citizens that coronavirus isn't transmitted via mosquito bites, and that hand sanitizers don't cause cancer.

Naturally, Canadians had some thoughts on the news.

This Vancouver local was severely disappointed.

While this Edmonton writer demanded more proof.

This Calgary local realized his money had been wasted.

While this B.C. resident felt that — if cocaine truly did cure COVID-19 — the whole of Fraser Valley would be just fine.

According to the Washington Post, an investigation by the U.S. State Department found that a shocking 2 million tweets over a three-week period spread coronavirus misinformation.

Facebook is now moderating coronavirus posts in an attempt to help international health officials fight fake news circulating on social media.

Lead photo by

Surrey RCMP

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