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Coronavirus myth: infection protection through alcohol
Numerous senseless and dangerous advice is being disseminated, especially on the Internet, in connection with the corona pandemic. For example, activated water or a "virus killer" pendulum should help against the corona virus. Some also report infection protection from alcoholic beverages. But this is incorrect information.
If you want to protect yourself against infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the disease caused by the pathogen COVID-19, you should comply with the distance and hygiene rules and strengthen the immune system through a healthy lifestyle. Alcohol, however, is not used to protect against the pathogen. This is indicated by the consumer center in Schleswig-Holstein in a current announcement.
Myths on the Internet
Researchers from Germany reported last month that alcohols successfully inactivate SARS-CoV-2.
However, the report concerned alcohol-based disinfectants and not alcoholic beverages.
Nevertheless, it can often be read on the Internet, in particular, that alcohol is supposed to protect against the virus. Those who fall for such myths can harm their health.
Alcohol sales have increased
According to the consumer advice center in Schleswig-Holstein, besides toilet paper, pasta and flour, alcoholic beverages are among the most popular goods in the supermarket.
Accordingly, alcohol sales in retail have risen. This is partly due to the fact that restaurants and pubs are or were closed.
In addition, the recommended social isolation can lead to boredom and loneliness, so that people try to comfort themselves or to reward themselves more often.
But there are other possible reasons.
Health damage caused by alcohol consumption
Dangerous advice can often be found on the Internet, especially in connection with the corona pandemic. So you should be able to protect yourself against infections by drinking alcohol or gargling with colognes.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) clearly warns that alcohol consumption does not protect against COVID-19. On the contrary: alcohol consumption poses dangers, for example a greater susceptibility to illness.
“Another health disadvantage that is often neglected: alcohol contains many calories. Those who exercise less than usual in the corona crisis, but drink more alcohol at the same time, tend to accumulate excess weight, ”says nutrition expert Selvihan Koç from the Schleswig-Holstein consumer center.
And overweight is one of the biggest risk factors for severe COVID-19 courses, according to scientific studies.
Strengthen the immune system
Those who want to keep fit and strengthen the immune system should pay particular attention to healthy eating and drinking habits.
Sufficient movement is also important - still in compliance with the distance regulations.
Further recommendations for an intact immune system: Avoid alcohol consumption and refrain from smoking altogether. (ad)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.