Coronavirus, Alcohol, Iran

Coronavirus, Alcohol

Almost 300 people dead in Iran after drinking methanol 'to cure coronavirus'

Almost 300 people dead in Iran after drinking methanol 'to cure coronavirus'

3/30/2020 3:21:00 AM

Almost 300 people dead in Iran after drinking methanol 'to cure coronavirus'

Hundreds of people have died from drinking methanol in Iran , after a rumour spread that it could cure coronavirus. More than 1,000 people have already been poisoned from drinking methanol

In the Islamic Republic, drinking alcohol is banned, and those who do drink rely on bootleggers.Stories about fake remedies for coronavirus have spread across social media in Iran, where people remain deeply suspicious of the government after it downplayed the crisis for days before it overwhelmed the country.

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Dr Knut Erik Hovda, a clinical toxicologist in Oslo who studies methanol poisoning, fears Iran's outbreak could be even worse than reported."The virus is spreading and people are just dying off, and I think they are even less aware of the fact that there are other dangers around," he said.

"When they keep drinking this, there's going to be more people poisoned."Iran has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. It has a population of 80 million people.Iranian social media accounts in Farsi falsely suggested a British school teacher and others cured themselves of the coronavirus with whisky and honey, based on a tabloid story from early in February.

Mixed with messages about the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, some people wrongly believed drinking high-proof alcohol would kill the virus in their bodies.The Islamic Republic has reported around 29,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,200 deaths from the virus, the highest toll of any country in the Middle East.

International experts also fear Iran may be under-reporting its cases, as officials played down the impact of the virus for days ahead of a parliamentary election.That fear of the virus, coupled with poor education standards and internet rumours, saw dozens of people made ill by drinking bootleg alcohol containing methanol in Iran's south-western Khuzestan province and its southern city of Shiraz.

Videos aired by Iranian media showed patients with IVs stuck in their arms, lying on beds otherwise needed for the fight against the coronavirus, including an intubated five-year-old boy.Iranian media also reported cases in the cities of Karaj and Yazd.

In Iran, the government mandates that manufacturers of toxic methanol add an artificial colour to their products so the public can tell it apart from ethanol, the type of alcohol that can be used in cleaning wounds.Ethanol is also the kind of alcohol found in alcoholic drinks, though its production is illegal in Iran.

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Some bootleggers in Iran use methanol, adding a splash of bleach to mask the added colour before selling it as drinkable. Sometimes it is mixed with consumable alcohol to stretch supplies. Other times it comes as methanol, falsely advertised as drinkable, Dr Hovda said.

Methanol also can contaminate traditionally fermented alcohol.Read More Coronavirus outbreak It cannot be smelled or tasted in drinks, and causes delayed organ and brain damage. Symptoms include chest pain, nausea, hyperventilation, blindness and even coma.

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It's New Islamic Elixir of life like urine of cow. Really? That doesn't sound right. What really went on there. I would do a bit more investigation. billyrufc4 Did they think Menthol? Better option. Spastics! And these are people who claim to be capable of being trusted to produce nuclear weapons Too many people listening to the Snake Salesman

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