A fake government document claiming that sex could cure Covid-19 has been debunked by South Africa’s National Health Department.

The document claimed that "four to six hours" of sex a day was the only way to prevent coronavirus.

Even though the poorly-written "official government report" marked with the official Health Department logo was riddled with spelling mistakes and factual errors it was shared widely on social media.

Dr Garth Japhet 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 fake document reads: "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."

The spoof warning even spells the Department of Health’s name incorrectly, but some social media users were apparently taken in by the fake, reports IOL.

Far from being a cure for coronavirus, sex can in some cases help the disease spread.

Doctor William F. Marshall from the Mayo Clinic points out that the virus spreads by respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes or talks.

As a result, he writes: "Coming into contact with a person's spit through kissing or other sexual activities could expose you to the virus. 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," he explains.

Dr Marshall adds that the virus can also spread through contact with faeces.

"It’s possible that you could get the Covid19 virus from sexual activities that expose you to faecal matter," he says.

But despite the warnings, bizarre folk remedies such as drinking cow's urine are still being touted as alternatives to modern vaccines.

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