WHO: drinking alcohol may increase the risk of coronavirus infection

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that drinking alcohol not only does not save you from coronavirus, but also increases your risk of contracting it. This was reported in the organization’s report.

“Alcohol puts the immune system at risk and increases the potential for adverse health effects,” the report said. Therefore, WHO recommends consuming as little alcohol as possible, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report states that 3 million people die every year due to alcohol consumption.

The organization called the myth that alcohol kills the coronavirus a myth.

“Alcohol consumption does not contribute to the destruction of the virus. Alcohol consumption, on the contrary, can increase the health risk if a person becomes infected with the virus,” the report emphasizes. “Alcohol (at a concentration of at least 60 percent) can be effectively used to disinfect skin, but it does not have disinfecting effect when taken orally.”

Also, drinking alcohol does not contribute to the destruction of viral particles contained in the inhaled air, and does not increase the body’s resistance to the virus.

On April 10, it was reported that authorities in Russian regions began restricting the sale of draft beer in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. In some regions, the time for selling alcohol was limited.

Earlier, the chief narcologist of the Ministry of Health Yevgeny Bryun called the opinion about the disinfecting property of alcohol taken orally erroneous. According to him, alcohol is effective against bacteria if applied externally – in particular, to wipe their hands.

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