WHO isn’t just talking about the bottles of wine people joke about consuming.
“Fear and misinformation have generated a dangerous myth that consuming high-strength alcohol can kill the COVID-19 virus. It does not,” WHO warned.
In fact, it can be deadly. In Iran, for example, 44 people died after drinking bootleg alcohol that was too strong. The alcohol was concocted after rumors spread it would kill the coronavirus.
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WHO notes that alcohol consumption also increases risky behavior.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we should really ask ourselves what risks we are taking in leaving people under lockdown in their homes with a substance that is harmful both in terms of their health and the effects of their behaviour on others, including violence,” said Carina Ferreira-Borges, who is manager of the alcohol and illicit drugs program for WHO/Europe.
WHO even suggests restricting access to alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic.
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