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Alcohol cures COVID-19

Either spraying it on you or just drinking it will protect you
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False Health Warning

Context

(ALERT: Visit the WHO for accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic)[1] There has been a conspiracy circulating online that alcohol can cure Coronavirus or prevent you from catching it in the first place.

The Argument

One argument says that alcohol is a disinfectant therefore spraying alcohol on your body will kill the virus. A newspaper in India claimed that drinking alcohol will help you prevent COVID-19.[2]

Counter arguments

The World Health Organization has debunked this argument on their COVID-19 myth busting page. The WHO declared that spraying alcohol (or chlorine) on your body will not prevent you from getting COVID-19 and can also harm you.[3] Indian Boomlive Newspaper has debunked the claim that drinking alcohol will keep the COVID-19 at bay.[4] There is absolutely no evidence that alcohol will prevent people from getting COVID-19.[5][6]

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References

  1. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  2. http://hindisaamana.4cplus.net/imageview_16097_105715223_4_71.html
  3. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
  4. https://www.boomlive.in/health/does-drinking-alcohol-prevent-coronavirus-6935
  5. https://africacheck.org/fbcheck/no-drinking-alcohol-wont-kill-the-coronavirus/
  6. https://pesacheck.org/false-consuming-alcohol-is-not-a-recommended-measure-against-covid-19-66f69df787d

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