Everyone in a mask and some gloves. At least that’s how we were supposed to fight the ravaging virus. On the contrary, many have formed anti-mask leagues across the world, claiming that masks are irritating and uncomfortable.
This is backed by science. Most surgical facemasks are coated with quaternary ammonium before use for pre-sanitization. Research has found that Quaternary Ammonium compounds, popularly known as quats, can cause toxic effects by all means of exposure. Quats are lung irritants that contribute to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
The safest way to prevent this is by wearing masks properly. However, the world has gone against the grain by promoting the use of strong alcohol to cure Covid19. The promoters of this idea claim that alcohol sanitizes the throat and stomach the same way sanitizers kill surface germs. This is despite the constant warning by WHO and other medical personnel that alcohol weakens the immune system, making one more susceptible to the virus.
There is a difference between alcohol consumption and misuse, though the line is somewhat blurred. Kathy Jung of the US National Institute Of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said there is evidence that short-term alcohol misuse can suppress the immune function, hence suppressing the ability to defend against respiratory infection in the short-run. In the long term, alcohol misuse increases the risk of respiratory infections and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
According to Mayo Clinic, ARDS is a condition seen mostly in more severe cases of CoV.
One of the most extreme stories of alcohol misuse in the mass media is the case of a man who drank 91% rubbing alcohol after touching his face at a store in the US. He believed that he had contracted the virus, and did this to protect himself, only to end up damaging his brain.
In Iran, the use of alcohol to cure coronavirus has killed at least 27 people. Since Iran is an Islam country and consumption of alcohol is illegal, many turned to industrial-grade alcohols like the ones used in sanitizers.
The Kenyan Nairobi Governor, Mike Mbuvi Kioko ‘Sonko’ also stole international headlines when he distributed large amounts of alcohol and food to Nairobians who couldn’t afford essential commodities during the lockdown.
He claimed that Hennessy contained healing properties against Covid19, prompting LMVH Moet Hennessy to issue a public statement denying the claims.
However, the Governor’s good intentions ended up endangering many lives after he promoted alcohol donations on air. He had unknowingly promoted alcohol misuse, especially among the youth and minors.
When the vaccine was announced, I was happy that life can one day resume as it was.
Sources:business.humanrights.org, LMVHMoet Hennessy, CNN, NIAAA, The Mayo Clinic