Alcohol and coronavirus: what you need to know

The stereotype that alcohol and vimax helps to destroy the coronavirus leads to a worsening of the epidemiological situation.

In the context of the current pandemic of the new coronavirus infection, it is fundamentally important to convey to people information about the risks and dangers that threaten health. This is necessary to ensure the safety and health of the population.

The main things to remember:
Drinking alcohol does not protect against COVID-19 disease and, moreover, cannot serve as a preventive measure.

Common myths about alcohol and COVID-19
❌ MYTH

Alcohol helps kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

✔ TRUE
Drinking alcohol not only does not help destroy the virus, but vice versa can increase the health risk if a person suddenly becomes infected. Alcohol (at a concentration of at least 60%) can be used as a hand sanitizer, but when consumed internally, the disinfectant properties disappear.

❌ MYTH
Drinking hard alcohol destroys the virus that is contained in the inhaled air.

✔ TRUE
No amount of alcohol helps in killing the airborne virus particles.

❌ MYTH
Alcohol strengthens human immunity, thereby increasing the body’s resistance to viruses.

✔ TRUE
Alcohol not only does not strengthen the immune system, but also has a destructive effect on the body.

Alcohol: what can and cannot be done during a novel coronavirus pandemic
In order to avoid weakening the body’s immune system and not harm your health and the health of others, you should completely abandon the use of alcohol or reduce its use as much as possible. Because only in a sober state can you maintain vigilance, speed of reactions and actions, clarity of mind when making decisions concerning you personally, your family members and representatives of your environment.

When drinking alcohol in a company, do not smoke. Very often, it is the consumption of alcoholic beverages that is often accompanied by smoking and vice versa. It is smoking that seriously increases the risk of a complicated and dangerous course of COVID-19. Remember that smoking indoors is a danger to other members of your family and you should avoid creating an environment in which you endanger their health.

Do not, under any circumstances, mix alcohol with drugs, even if these are herbal or over-the-counter drugs. The combined use of drugs with alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of the former or, conversely, enhance the effect of drugs to the level of toxicity and danger to health and life. Never drink alcohol if you are taking medications that affect the central nervous system (for example, pain relievers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, etc.), as drinking alcohol can depress liver function and cause liver failure and other serious problems with health.

Beware of false or misleading claims about the effects of alcohol on a person’s health and immune system. Such statements should not be taken as a source of health information, as there is no credible evidence that drinking alcohol helps protect against COVID-19 infection or has a positive effect on the course and outcome of any infectious disease.