The coronavirus (COVID-19), more specifically the SARS-CoV-2 strand, is a new virus in humans that can cause respiratory illness and fever.1

In more susceptible groups like those already in poor health, the symptoms can be deadly.2

While it originated from Wuhan, China, the new coronavirus has been making headlines across the globe and people worldwide are in a panic. The focus was initially in Asia, but the virus has spread; there are now cases of the coronavirus in Florida as well. As the virus continues to circulate, many are looking for a coronavirus cure, and some have pointed toward cocaine as a possible solution.

Is Cocaine a Cure for the Coronavirus?

Contrary to rumors that have been circulating the web about cocaine killing the coronavirus, this information is false. One of the first claims of a coronavirus cocaine cure came from a Twitter post by Bizzle Osikoya from Nigeria.3 His tweet spread even faster than the virus itself, with over 2,700 retweets and 5,500 likes after just one day. Similar claims have been shared on Facebook as well. While cocaine may have originally been used for medicinal purposes, this drug is not a newfound cure for this panic-inducing flu. Actually, cocaine use is dangerous, and there are several negative short- and long-term effects of cocaine on the body.  While many knew that this obscure claim was a joke, jokes do not always translate well on the internet.

In response to the widespread misinformation about the coronavirus, the World Health Organization has posted some myths surrounding the disease on its website and states, “To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.”4 The organization has also debunked other estranged coronavirus cures like the use of hand dryers and garlic.

Although some people may still be curious about cocaine as a cure for the coronavirus, this is not the answer. Cocaine will not kill the coronavirus, but it could cause serious and lasting damage to your body. Cocaine is also a highly addictive substance. Many people will use this drug recreationally before becoming dependent. An addiction to the substance can happen quickly and cocaine addiction treatment is often needed to get the person to quit.

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

While researchers are still looking for a coronavirus cure, these tips may help prevent you from getting the coronavirus or spreading it.

  • Wash your heads frequently
  • Clean and disinfect your stuff
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Avoid touching high-traffic and germy areas or items
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Seek medical attention if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms5


Cocaine is not the answer; if you or someone you love is addicted to this drug, it is important to get help. Our rehab in Pompano offers treatment programs to help people overcome various substance abuse problems like an addiction to cocaine.




Do not wait any longer or put your health at risk. To get more information about Banyan Pompano and our facilities, call us today at 954-787-2569.


Sources:

  1. CDC - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
  2. The Guardian - What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?
  3. Twitter - Bizzle Osikoya
  4. World Health Organization - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
  5. CDC - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention & Treatment
 
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Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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