Vodka Reduces COVID-19 Risk, Saint Luke’s Hospital: Fact Check


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Vodka Reduces COVID-19 Risk, Saint Luke's Hospital

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Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas research finds consuming alcoholic beverages like Vodka reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City 03/07/2020

Topic: COVID-19

To whom it may concern,

After extensive research, our findings show that consuming alcoholic beverages may help reduce the risk of infection by the novel coronavirus; COVID-19.

Vodka is the most recommended for drinking, cleaning , and sanitizing.

Kansas City
The 7th of March 2020
(signature with seal)

Fact Check:

A picture message doing rounds on social media claims research from Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas finds consuming alcoholic beverages reduces the risk of novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 infection. Accompanying ‘letter’ from the Hospital also mentions Vodka is the most recommended one for drinking, cleaning and sanitizing. No, the claims are not true – there was no such research release from the Hospital.

Saint Luke’s Hospital Did Not Say Vodka Reduces COVID-19 Risk

The letter and the messages are doing rounds on social media since at least March 2020 after the novel Coronavirus infection became a global pandemic. The message became popular in the initial stage of pandemic, when there was sudden demand for sanitizer and heavy shortage thereafter. Soon after the letter became popular on social media, Saint Luke’s Hospital clarified on their website about the false letter.

It said Alcohol can be used to disinfect surfaces and kill COVID-19, but drinking it will not provide any protection against this virus. Like health experts also suggested, it may instead act on your immunity and make you more susceptible. Saint Luke’s Health System also posted an update on their Facebook page mentioning they follow CDC guidance.

Hand Sanitizer?

On the other hand, CDC recommended hand sanitizers containing greater than 60% Ethanol or 70% Isopropanol are more effective in killing germs. Normal alcoholic beverages or Vodka do not contain such alcohol content. Responding to the related claims on Twitter, Titos Vodka also said their product does not meet the recommendation of the CDC for a hand sanitizer.

So, the letter is not from Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas. After all, consuming alcoholic beverages like Vodka does not reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. The precautions to avoid Coronavirus, COVID-19 infection and its spread are in fact explained in our article.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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