What kills a virus

Does alcohol kill corona viruses in the body?

Fact check
Überlingen Claudia Prahtel

Brief against Corona - does that really help? We have Dr. med. Alexandros Kantas, chief physician for general and visceral surgery and liver expert at Helios Spital Überlingen, asked whether increased alcohol consumption protects against the corona virus.

Dr. Kantas, does the consumption of alcohol kill corona viruses in the throat?

That is definitely wrong. When we drink alcohol, it enters our gastrointestinal tract via the esophagus. There he cannot do anything with the virus that sits in the lungs and airways.

The viruses are reproduced so quickly in the throat that the effect does not materialize. Too much alcohol can even weaken our immune system.

Rubbing yourself with alcohol, which has also been claimed, does not help either. However, from an alcohol concentration of 70 percent it can be used as a hand disinfectant.

When we drink alcohol, it enters our gastrointestinal tract via the esophagus. There he cannot do anything with the virus that sits in the lungs and airways.

Dr. med. Alexandros Kantas, chief physician and liver expert at the Helios Hospital in Überlingen

What should those affected do to get well again?

If you have mild symptoms, stay at home and cure yourself. Keep yourself warm, drink a lot, and keep bed rest. In most cases, symptoms will improve after a few days. If you have severe shortness of breath, contact the emergency number at 112. Make sure to state on the phone that you have a confirmed corona infection.

 

 

The Helios Spital Überlingen is located in one of the most beautiful regions in Germany on Lake Constance. The high-performance hospital with basic and standard care with over 170 beds offers competent medical care around the clock. This includes the care of seriously injured patients in the regional trauma center and a certified intestinal, liver, pancreas and vascular center. Around 10,000 inpatients and 22,000 outpatients are cared for annually in ten medical specialties. Around 400 employees work for the well-being of the patients every day. Our patient rooms with a view of Lake Constance and the personal atmosphere help you to feel good and recover quickly.

Helios is Europe's leading private hospital operator with a total of around 110,000 employees. The company owns the Helios clinics in Germany and Quirónsalud in Spain under the umbrella of the Helios Health holding company. Around 21 million patients choose medical treatment at Helios every year. In 2019 the company achieved total sales of 9.2 billion euros.

In Germany, Helios has 86 clinics, 123 medical care centers (MVZ) and seven prevention centers. Every year around 5.6 million patients are treated in Germany, 4.4 million of them as outpatients. Helios employs almost 69,000 people in Germany and generated sales of around six billion euros in 2019. Helios is a partner of the clinic network "We for Health". The company's headquarters are in Berlin.

Quirónsalud operates 51 clinics, 71 outpatient health centers and around 300 facilities for company health management. Every year around 15.4 million patients are treated here, 14.6 million of them as outpatients. Quirónsalud employs around 37,500 people and generated sales of over three billion euros in 2019.

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