Myths And Facts About Alcohol And Its Effect On COVID – 19
Fake news continues to spread faster than the coronavirus itself.
Facebook and other sites like YouTube have been going out of their way to dispel fake news about COVID - 19. It may seem like overkill, but ridiculous things continue to be accepted as fact after popping up on social media. A big example of this has been the idea that drinking alcohol will kill COVID - 19 or other viruses. The World Health Organization was prompted by the popularity of this idea on social media to issue a six-page fact sheet about alcohol and its effects on the human body and viruses. Here are the myths and facts according to that sheet.
Alcohol of at least 60% works as a skin disinfectant, but drinking alcohol does not kill COVID - 19.
Strong alcohol of any kind does not protect the mouth, throat, or sinuses by killing COVID - 19 or any virus.
Alcohol does not stimulate the body's immune system; in fact, it actually lowers immunity and can make a person more prone to contracting illnesses. Also, hydration is crucial to health and immunity and alcohol causes dehydration.
Click here to read the full release from the World Health Organization that has more information about general physical and mental health and alcohol consumption.