Istanbul, deaths due to consume alcohol to prevent coronavirus

30 killed in Istanbul from consuming pure alcohol to protect themselves from the coronavirus

Turkish authorities warn of an increase in cases of people consuming ethyl alcohol, believing it will kill the coronavirus. Another 20 are hospitalised in critical condition.

At least 30 people have died in Istanbul and another 20 have had to be hospitalised in the last two weeks after consuming pure alcohol (ethanol) due to the false belief that in this way they eliminate the risk of infection with the coronavirus, Turkish authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

According to information published in the Turkish press, the majority of the victims are actually immigrants from Turkmenistan, who rubbed ethyl alcohol all over their bodies and later consumed it directly, believing that this would keep them safe from COVID-19.

Turkish authorities indicated that in addition to the 30 deaths, other 20 admitted to city hospitals are in critical condition, and have warned that deaths or injuries caused by the consumption of ethyl alcohol are increasing due to the expansion of the coronavirus pandemic, of which almost 2,000 cases and more than 40 deaths have been registered in Turkey to date, all over the age of 60.

It seems that many people, following misinterpretations regarding the ability of alcohol-based gels and disinfectants to eliminate the virus, or allowing themselves to be guided by false information published on the Internet, have come to drink pure alcohol in lethal amounts, believing that they also will kill possible viruses that are inside their bodies.

In Iran alone, at least 194 people have died and more than a thousand have been poisoned by similar causes since last March 6th, amid the coronavirus epidemic in that country. However, despite the fact that humans can tolerate the consumption of beverages with an alcohol content of up to 50%, the consumption of alcohol with a higher concentration can be fatal or, at best, cause serious injuries.