As COVID-19 spreads around the world and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), misinformation, myths and rumours have contributed their share to the increasing burden. One such burden is some misinformation and myths about alcohol and coronavirus and how it can fight covid-19. Even the clinical psychologists at University of Southern California expressed concerns over alcohol overconsumption and its negative effects on immunity. They stated that it could make people more vulnerable to Covid-19. Here are some of the dangerous myths and truths that you should know to keep yourself safe.
Drinking alcohol may prevent coronavirus infection
This is a myth worth busting that consuming alcohol may prevent you from getting the coronavirus infection. And may also kill the virus which has already entered your body. This is a very dangerous myth looming in the air because of which a lot of people died. Read about it in detail in our “Alcohol against Coronavirus: Can it protect you?” blog.
Alcohol strengthens the immune system
There is one more myth that should receive busting in the times of this pandemic and that is “alcohol strengthens the immune system”. This is plain WRONG! Scientists have known it for a long time that alcohol consumption have negative health effects related to the immune system. Some of the connections that matter especially in the context of the coronavirus pandemic are:
- Susceptibility to pneumonia,
- Greater likelihood of acute respiratory stress syndromes (ARDS), and
- Slower and less complete recovery from infections due to alcohol use.
Don’t consume alcohol but use it for hygiene
This information may sound misleading and harmful but it’s true. Alcohol consumption do not prevent a person from contracting coronavirus. But it can be used as a disinfectant which was also recommended by WHO for hand rubs when commercial goods were unavailable.
Give a two-minute read to our “Alcohol against Coronavirus: Can it protect you?” blog for more details.
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