Covid-19 Facts and Myths: Will Drinking Booze Help?

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If alcohol is used to sanitize your body from the outside, then it only makes sense to drink alcohol to sanitize your body from within, right?

False. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), that is.

Many myths surround the prevailing Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), and with 33 confirmed cases in the Philippines, along with some persons under investigation, citizens have been thrown in a disarray. As a fallout, people believe in anything and everything they see on the internet— fake news or not. And one piece of information that has been circulating this time of date includes drinking booze to stay safe and kill the deadly virus.

No. Just no.

Aside from the fact that consuming alcoholic drinks does not help cure Covid-19, WHO also adds that “spraying alcohol (rubbing alcohol, that is) or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body.” If anything, it can even harm the eyes and mouth when not used properly. In addition, the global health agency also stresses to citizens that they need to “be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations”.

The most effective way to protect yourself against the New Coronavirus is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water or to use an alcohol-based rub, according to the organization. Taking hot baths, while enjoyable, also do not prevent the disease, neither does it spread through handling goods from countries with reported cases of Covid-19.

Photo from the Mayo Clinic

Remember, prevention is better than cure, and proper hygiene is one way to prevent the cause and spread of diseases.

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