No, drinking water doesn’t kill coronavirus

No, drinking water doesn't kill coronavirus

Photo: Man crossing the road with water bottles in a shopping trolly (Credit: Getty Images)

A rumour about Covid-19 has been spreading — that drinking water regularly and keeping your mouth moist can protect you. Here BBC Future examines the evidence.

First there was the bizarre suggestion that it can be cured with cocaine. After the erroneous idea circulated widely on social media, the French government had to quickly issue … [more…]

EPA is asked about checking illicit drug levels in Irish water

EPA is asked about checking illicit drug levels in Irish water

Photo: Kate O’Connell: “I think in London the eels were behaving bizarrely in the Thames at some point.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Data involving 50 cities published in 2015 found that London’s river Thames was the worst for cocaine levels in sewage

The environmental watchdog has been asked what it is doing to monitor the presence of illicit drugs in Irish water following research in some European cities that traced high … [more…]

Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles

Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles

20 June 2018 Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles Eels became hyperactive after time in water containing cocaine imageBROKER/Alamy Stock Photo By Michael Marshall

Eels exposed to low levels of cocaine in their water become hyperactive and suffer muscle damage. The eels may struggle to complete their migrations as a result. The finding adds to the growing evidence that drugs in fresh water can cause harm,

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Seattle-caught salmon found to contain cocaine, antidepressants, and pain relievers

photo: salmon caught in Seattle found to have pharmaceuticals pollution

81 drugs and personal-care products were detected in the flesh of salmon caught in the Puget Sound. Salmon is purported to be one of the healthiest foods due to its high omega-3 content, protein, and essential fatty acids, but if the fish is obtained from the Puget Sound, it is anything but healthy.

According to a recent study, up to 81 drugs and personal-care products were detected in the flesh … [more…]