Drinking alcohol will not protect you from COVID-19

27 people have died from alcohol poisoning in Iran

There are many things people do to try and protect themselves from the COVID-19, which has taken nearly six thousand lives since December of 2019. People wear face masks everywhere they go and try to avoid contact with each other as much as possible.

There was even a report that said drinking alcohol can protect people from the COVID-19, which was believed by many, and even provided temporary emotional relief to the people. Sadly many still believe this, which is simply not true.

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement saying that drinking alcohol will do nothing to protect people from the virus.

Alcohol used externally is also not very effective especially when you have contracted the virus.

“No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body.”

As a matter of fact, the use of alcohol can be damaging to your eyes and mouth, and even your clothes.

Alcohol does help but people shouldn’t do use it excessively.

“Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations,”

Washing hands with alcohol-based hand rubs is recommended by the WHO to avoid getting the virus. Soap and water are also effective according to the WHO.

Taking hot baths won’t really do much for protection. The good thing is that you cannot get the virus from simply getting in contact with goods manufactured from COVID-19 affected countries.

Recent news suggests that at least 27 people in the Khuzestan and Alborz provinces of Iran have died from alcohol poisoning in an effort to protect themselves from the virus.

Ali Ehsanpour, spokesman of Ahwaz University of Medical Sciences said that people heard about this fake measure and died from it.

“Some of the citizens of Ahwaz had heard that drinking alcohol could help them fight the coronavirus, so they used it as a preventive measure.”

Since there is an alcohol ban in Iran, people have been buying and drinking alcohol that is used for sanitizing purposes.

“One of the victims got blind and some others are in critical condition,” said Ehsanpour.

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has also been a victim of fake news. A photo of a letter made by the said hospital made rounds on social media advising people to drink alcohol to reduce the risk of getting the virus.

This has been labeled as fake news as the hospital denies releasing anything like this. In a Facebook post, the hospital laid out some measures for people to follow.

False reports are circulating that say drinking alcohol can reduce the risk of COVID-19. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Saint…

Posted by Saint Luke's Health System on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

60% alcohol is needed for protection to be effective, vodka usually on contains 40%. There have been nearly 160,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

Written by Charles Teves

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