Social media users have shared an image online seemingly showing a letter from Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Missouri. It is dated March 7, 2020
AFB Factchecking site has confirmed that “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.”
The message was displayed on what appears to be an official letterhead signed “Kansas City” and does not include the name of a spokesperson for the hospital or a doctor. It includes the Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City name, logo and a signed stamp
The photo was posted on several Facebook pages in the Philippines, racking up 25,000 shares in less than 24 hours. Although most Facebook users took the recommendation as a joke, Saint Luke’s, in the midwestern state of Missouri, received enquiries regarding the letter, Lindsey Stitch, a hospital spokeswoman, told AFP.
“The information circulating is definitely a fake letter. Vodka has no impact on the coronavirus,” Stitch told AFP by email.
The hospital’s Facebook page published an official debunk of the claim on March 11.
Lindsay Stich, a spokesperson for the hospital, told Reuters, “The letter circulating is definitely a fake and the information is not true. Vodka and tequila have no impact on the coronavirus. The best thing you can do is wash your hands and practice good health etiquette such as making sure you stay home when you are sick.”
The hospital explained that it urges people to follow the CDC’s guidelines on the coronavirus, listing guidance points including practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth on its website here .
The novel coronavirus has spread from China around the world, killing more than 4,500 people and wreaking havoc on the global economy.
Consuming alcoholic beverages like vodka will not reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus. This myth is addressed by the World Health Organization (WHO)( here ).
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