In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

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Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting toxic methanol across the Islamic Republic out of the false belief it kills the new coronavirus.

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3/27/2020

Iran ian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting toxic methanol across the Islamic Republic out of the false belief it kills the new coronavirus.

TEHRAN , Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iran ian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for...

FILE — In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, a man wearing a face mask, to help protect against the new coronavirus, speaks on his cellphone in downtown Tehran, Iran. Local media reported Thursday, March 26, 2020, that nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting toxic methanol across the Islamic Republic out of the false belief it kills the new coronavirus. That's as messages forwarded through social media on people surviving the virus by drinking whiskey and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer somehow saw people seek out bootleg liquor in Iran. (AP Photo Vahid Salemi, File) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus. The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran. Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. It comes as fake remedies 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. “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,” said Dr. Knut Erik Hovda, a clinical toxicologist in Oslo who studies methanol poisoning and fears Iran’s outbreak could be even worse than reported. “When they keep drinking this, there’s going to be more people poisoned.” For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The pandemic has swept across the world, overwhelming hospitals, crippling economies and forcing governments to restrict the movements of billions of people. Particularly hard hit has been Iran, home to 80 million people. As of now, there is no known cure for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Scientists and doctors continue to study the virus and search for effective medicines and a vaccine. But in messages forwarded and forwarded again, Iranian social media accounts in Farsi falsely suggested a British school teacher and others cured themselves of the coronavirus with whiskey and honey, based on a tabloid story from early February. Mixed with messages about the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, some wrongly believed drinking high-proof alcohol would kill the virus in their bodies. The Islamic Republic has reported over 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 for days played down the virus ahead of a parliamentary election . That fear of the virus, coupled with poor education and internet rumors, saw dozens sickened by drinking bootleg alcohol containing methanol in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province and its southern city of Shiraz. Videos aired by Iranian media showed patients with IVs stuck in their arms, laying on beds otherwise needed for the fight against the coronavirus, including the intubated 5-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 color to their products so the public can tell it apart from ethanol, the kind of alcohol that can be used in cleaning wounds. Ethanol is also the kind of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, though its production is illegal in Iran. Some bootleggers in Iran use methanol, adding a splash of bleach to mask the added color before selling it as drinkable. Sometimes it is mixed with consumable alcohol to stretch supply, other times it comes as methanol, falsely advertised as drinkable, Hovda said. Methanol also can contaminate traditionally fermented alcohol. Methanol cannot be smelled or tasted in drinks. It causes delayed organ and brain damage. Symptoms include chest pain, nausea, hyperventilation, blindness and even coma. “It is rumored that alcohol can wash and sanitize the digestive system,” said Dr. Javad Amini Saman in Iran’s western city of Kermanshah, where dozens have been hospitalized, “That is very wrong.” Even before the outbreak, methanol poisoning had taken a toll in Iran. One academic study found methanol poisoning sickened 768 people in Iran between September and October 2018 alone, killing 76. Other Muslim nations that ban their citizens from drinking also see such methanol poisoning, although Iran appears to be the only one in the pandemic so far to turn toward it as a fake cure. In Buddhist Cambodia, police said they seized 4,200 liters (1,100 gallons) of methanol from a man who unwittingly planned to make toxic hand sanitizer because of the virus outbreak. Muslim drinkers in Iran can be punished with cash fines and 80 lashes. However, minority Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians can drink alcoholic beverages in private. While police occasionally announce alcohol busts, the trade in nontoxic alcohol also continues. Locally made Iranian arak from fermented raisins, known as Aragh sagi, sells for $10 for a 1.5-liter bottle. Imported vodka sells for $40 a bottle. “Every year during Nowruz, or the Persian New Year holidays that begin March 21, my customers double,” said Rafik, an Iranian-Armenian who makes vodka in the basement of his Tehran home. He spoke on the condition that only his first name be used for fear of arrest. “This year, because of corona, it jumped up by four- or five-fold.” Farhad, a self-described heavy drinker who lives in central Tehran, said alcohol remains easy to find for those looking for it. “Even you can find it offered when you are walking down the street, “ he said. Since 1979, Iran’s 40 alcohol factories have seen their production changed to pharmaceutical needs and sanitizers. Others had been left idle, like the abandoned Shams alcohol factory east of Tehran. But now, in a time when even some mosques in Iran hand out high-proof alcohol as a sanitizer, officials plan to start work again at Shams to produce 22,000 liters of 99% alcohol a day. ___ Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writer Sopheng Cheang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, contributed. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. AP NEWS Read more: The Associated Press

When the internet over rules common sense... they deserve it.. SERIOUSLY!! OH MY GOD! Lool, it seems some Nigerians don't know the country called Iran. Else, they won't be hailing the scammer called .Imamofpeace to perdition. Just take a look at Iran, his country. Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 11,500 in 222 Cities - NCRI Iran COVID19

Betsy_Manning The same type of stupidity Trump tries to spread in America. Swerdlick I blame Trump. 💔 Americans: 'What a bunch of idiots! What did they think was gonna happen?' Also Americans: Googling 'chloroquine sale' RitaPanahi Again? Or is this simply being reported extremely late? This happened over two weeks ago.

FarahNasser Darwinism...

Tehran says missing former U.S. agent left Iran years ago Tehran said on Thursday that a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran 13 years... HeDead wealthy, terrorist Mullahs are masters of lies and deception KhameneiVirus COVIDSanctionsLie He went to heaven you mean?

RitaPanahi This is called natural selection RitaPanahi 🤦🏻‍♀️ Fake news can be fatal Not surprised to see Islamic conservatives are just as dumb as Christian ones. Was made in China? NoNoNo....Fish Tank Cleaner...and lick walls, plenty of walls. EndGameWW3 They are right, kills coronavirus and the carrier aswell.

A lot of TDS in this comments section. Dumb Iranian.. Here in the State’s people are gargling bleach. Don’t give em ideas.

Iran cannot fight covid-19 with conspiracy theoriesRejecting an offer of American aid, Iran 's supreme leader said: 'Possibly your medicine is a way to spread the virus more' Well said KhameneiVirus Or did America really offer aid, and is this just a fib to flame Americans by America?

Horrific story, obviously, but Trump's briefings have sickened more. Travis_Tritten Were they prescribed by drs? If not, they were idiots EndGameWW3 Thinning the herd... 💔 acoyne You can't fix stupid. RitaPanahi What 40 years of theocracy can do to people’s minds, what a human tragedy. Get rid of the Ayatollahs.

NazaninBoniadi So sad, lift sanctions on Iran 🙏🇨🇦🇺🇸😇 akoz33 Lick shrines, ingest methanol.....🧐 what is the average IQ in Iran? nhannahjones The fact that the free press is under a massive crackdown in Iran has led a large part of the population to alternative news sources which are often highly unreliable. This is a disastrous thing!

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Iran Needs Help To Fight Coronavirus, But Delivering Aid Is A Challenge Iran is dealing with one of the world's worst corona virus outbreak s, with a death toll surpassing 2,200 people. But getting aid into the country is hindered both by a truculent Iran ian leadership and strong U.S. sanctions. The US - Israeli sanctions are by far the main hindrance to providing effective aid. Maybe someone will be returning us the favor of disfavor in the midst of death and crisis. I wonder what their health infrastructure is like

TrueFactsStated Like Trump always says “Hey! What the hell do you have to lose?” If Trump didn’t tell them to do it did it really happen? Praise Allah, go against science! RitaPanahi Trump told them to do that, right? Omg totally Trump's fault, those sweet Iranian souls, how will we ever recover! Orange man bad.

IRGCTerrorists are behind this Living in the dark ages still AlanEyre1 No stupid. They didnt want to kill the virus. They just wanted to get drunk. What in the world.. Lmfao....idiots

Former FBI agent Levinson believed to have died in Iran custody, family saysThe family of Robert Levinson, the former FBI agent who disappeared in 2007 after traveling to an island controlled by Iran , says it now believes he died in Iran ian custody, based on information from U.S. officials Sad news URL I wish I could skip 2020 May his memory be a blessing Disturbing.

Idiots GerardPerry13 Gosh. Who's such reckless as for pretending this could have been a cure? That's where we understand how damaging malignant lies can become. There'S no way the initiator of this wouldn't have known it would cause damage. Pure malice. How wrong. lookner Trump's fault blame trump nhannahjones So sad.

fake news bullshit ,around 500 people die per year drinking 'Fake' self made brand alcohol in Iran because alcohol is banned, this isnt even Corona related more hysteria fake news, by Local and western Media. It was aimed to demonize drinking of alcohol inside Iran. OMG, they've been listening in to realDonaldTrump and his televangelism. We may lose two republics at the same time.

Betterw05759703 This is so sad. Parents fearing COVID - 19 accidently poison their children. Scam perpetrated on terrified people. EliasMeseret Dear all it may need care for all following Drs advice lookner Thnk of the millions here Ingesting the toxic media in the false belief that Dem government will cure our disease. Drinkers of impeachment, quid pro quo,whistleblowers and white Russians to escape honest self reflection are the lazy fearful fish tank cleaners that need culling

lookner Hopefully there's no trade embargo on sending them methanol

Family of American Robert Levinson who disappeared in Iran say they believe he is deadRobert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared more than a decade ago, died while in Iran ian custody, his family says May his memory be eternal he’s in a better place. That’s not going to bode well for AlanDersh and AndyKhawaja

nhannahjones If you die, I can assure you it creates immunity. Did trump suggested this ? Methanol is in windshield washer fluid . It has a poison sign on it for a reason . OMG. Truly a disaster worse than the virus. How sad lookner Wow that’s awful Very sad to hear that may all.get well there take precautions follow government advice

Same as gawMutre. jfreewright SocialDarwinism Don’t tell potus that it might work or it’ll be done here next

Family: U.S. believes ex-FBI agent Levinson has died in IranThe U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, has died while in the custody of Iran , his family said Wednesday

Well what's new? Pure stupidity and darwinism is working Seems they are willing to believe many false things (religion) Good to know people are morons the world over Did trump give advice to Iran recently? Similar thing happened in AZ people drank and died of aquarium cleaner following Trump’s and Republican politicans’ advice!

'The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus ...' Why would you do that? It's practically harmless to kids so why do they need a cure? Yikes What is next? lookner Well i mean technically it did kill the coronavirus.

lookner Fringe_Files Maybe if TrumpVirus would just lie and say on national television that toilet paper helps spread COVID19 people would stop hoarding it. 🤔🤷 Fake News kills they need to raise their prayer time to 7 times a day for this type of virus . Well, what do you expect when you don't allow the fee flow of information?

We need to lift the sanctions against Iran, work towards global solutions to the virus, & a different President ASAP. BradleyWhitford Just awful. Only listen to medical authorities. NO WAY cuz we consume alcoholic beverages routinely how is it that suddenly we have deaths due to methanol!?we either have trusted dealers or make our own wine,beer & vodka.there is something fishy about this news,i guess its another lie from regime 2 coverup corona deaths

You can’t fix stupid. 🙄 PowderPuffPlay 💔🙏❤️

Com tanta informação ainda tem gente que faz isso ou come produto de aquário... Islamist government at work. Sad stuff. longtimenoSi I suppose this is a U.S. army plot too. Jesus, this is just sad. lies kill Don't give Trump ideas. Trump is capable of announcing tomorrow to drink toxic methanol saying it cures COVID2019 . Trump is crazy.

This can happen here easily if you listen to............ him. 😣

Just really really similar I was apologetic, but no more. Let them suffer their own false pride at SA over a snub. Almost as sad when that husband and wife took chloroquine CCPVirus spreads suffering & destruction. Not enough irony... And the Darwin-Award goes to Iran! Darwin was right! Yet, they thumb their nose at civilization, and invest in missles and terrorism. Haram on Iran.

For real? f f s Sad! It’s fish tank additives here in the US, though not in the same numbers, at least so far. This is why you only listen too doctors. Sounds About Right? Sounds like the Clintons made a trip to Iran... ClintonBodyCount And they claim they are educated Are we blaming someone, or just the desperation and fear pushing people to do crazy things?

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trump supporters Thin. The. Herd. Humans.......

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