Coronavirus in India: Contemplating if a swig of alcohol can protect you from COVID-19? WHO refutes

While the misinformation of alcohol being a cure all for coronavirus is doing rounds , it’s time we listen to what the experts at WHO have to say about it.
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Team Health Shots Updated: 11 May 2021, 06:42 am IST
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A state of panic seems to be a normal reaction around conversations of coronavirus for most of us. With 31 individuals diagnosed with one of the most contagious coronavirus diseases in India, misinformation about alcohol being the cure seemed to incite interest. It’s time we look into WHO’s research on this subject.

Among several pieces of information, there is one that asks people to ‘drink alcohol to stay safe and kill the deadly virus’, which, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is not true.

Alcohol and chlorine is being seen by people as a substance for disinfecting the virus from contaminated surfaces and our bodies itself. It’s time we hear what the experts have to say and debunk irrelevant myths.

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Why isn’t spraying alcohol a cure for COVID-19?
Busting myths, misconceptions and misinformation about the deadly coronavirus, the WHO said: “No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body.”

According to the global health agency, spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or eyes and mouth.

So No ladies! Sorry to burst that bubble but that swig of booze isn’t the magical disinfectant that shall cure us from COVID-19


Can alcohol disinfect contaminated surfaces?
The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water, according to the organisation.

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

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What are some of the other misconceptions that WHO refutes?
The WHO also revealed that taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease and cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.

So far, the deadly novel coronavirus has now infected more than 100,000 people around the world and taken more than 3,000 lives globally. Do remember that being vigilant and aware rather than panicked is crucial at this time. 

So Listen up! While people are believing just about any misinformation regarding, you must confirm its scientific credibility from reputable sources like WHO and CDS before believing them.

(With inputs from IANS)

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