SOUTH Africa’s government has been forced to debunk a bogus claim that SEX can cure Covid.
It came after a fake government document claimed that “four to six hours” of romping a day was the only way to prevent catching the virus.
South Africa’s government has been forced to deny claims that sex can cure Covid (Stock image)Credit: Alamy
A fake government document claimed that “four to six hours” of romping a day was the only way to prevent catching the virus63621Credit: National Department of Health
Despite being riddled with spelling mistakes and factual errors, the document was shared widely on social media.
Dr Garth Japhet, from the government’s health department, asked the public to “pause before you post as, much like the virus, each of us has the power to break the link of infection and protect ourselves and others”.
‘THE ONLY MEDICATION’
The bogus document claimed: “The only way we can beat this Coronavirus! note let’s keep everyone indoors at least four to six hours a day we confirm that sex is the only medication we can use for now.
“Let’s try to make many rounds as we can at least four to five per day until further notice.
“This is for elders only a health and strong. Together we conquer.”
Far from being a cure, having sex actually increases transmission of the coronavirus.
The bug is spread through respiratory droplets released when someone sneezes or talks – so close proximity to an infected person makes infection highly likely.
Dr William F Marshall, from the Mayo Clinic, says: “Coming into contact with a person’s spit through kissing or other sexual activities could expose you to the virus.
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“People who have COVID-19 could also spread respiratory droplets onto their skin and personal belongings.
“A sexual partner could get the virus by touching these surfaces and then touching his or her mouth, nose or eyes.”
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