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It turns out that alcohol may not be a miracle cure.
While the current coronavirus pandemic and the resulting blockages may leave some people looking for an excuse to drink, curing the virus or preventing an infection should probably not be one of them. Unfortunately, according to the World Health Organization, it seems that some people are trying this.
WHO recently released a fact sheet that dispels some of the myths about alcohol use and COVID-19. The publication came at the same time as WHO asked European government officials to restrict citizens’ access to alcohol during the pandemic.
The fact sheet released by the organization dispels three myths about the coronavirus. First, “the consumption of alcohol destroys the virus responsible for COVID-19”. Second, “drinking strong alcohol kills the virus in the inhaled air.”
Finally, the fact sheet addresses the myth that drinking alcohol can “boost immunity and resistance to the virus.”
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Regarding the consumption of alcohol to destroy the virus, the WHO says: “Alcohol (at a concentration of at least 60% by volume) acts as a disinfectant on your skin, but it does not have a such effect in your system when ingested. ” The organization also claims that drinking alcohol can increase health risks if the person is infected with COVID-19.
Likewise, drinking alcohol will not disinfect your mouth and will not kill the virus if it is inhaled, according to the WHO.
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As for the final myth, as Fox News has previously reported, alcohol consumption does not boost the immune system.
Dr. Shannon Sovndal, an emergency room physician and author of “Fragile,” spoke to Fox News and explained the effect of alcohol on the body.
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“People drink because it softens them,” he said. “Well, alcohol has a similar effect on the immune system, making it sluggish and sluggish. He also explained how light consumption (one drink a day) is likely to have minimal effect, but excessive consumption can “dampen” all of your body’s systems, including the immune system.