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44 Iranians Dead After Wrongly Taking Alcohol To Prevent Coronavirus

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Not fewer than 44 persons in Iran have reportedly died from alcohol poisoning while trying to avoid contracting the deadly Coronavirus.

44 Iranians Dead After Drinking Industrial Alcohol To Prevent Coronavirus
44 Iranians Dead After Drinking Industrial Alcohol To Prevent Coronavirus

“Some of the citizens of Ahwaz had heard that drinking alcohol could help them fight the coronavirus, so they used it as a preventive measure,” Ali Ehsanpour, spokesman for Ahwaz University of Medical Sciences, said Monday to the Mehr News Agency, ABC News reported.

There have been 8,042 confirmed coronavirus infections in Iran and 291 fatalities from the virus, making it the hardest hit country in the Middle East. Iran has a ban on alcohol, and some people were poisoned by drinking industrial alcohol intended for sanitizing, according to the network.

At least 218 Iranians were reportedly hospitalized for alcohol poisoning in medical centers affiliated with Ahwaz University of Medical Sciences. Ehsanpour confirmed that some are in critical condition, and one patient was blinded.

Mohammad Aghayari, deputy prosecutor of the city of Karaj, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency, meanwhile, that seven people were killed from alcohol poisoning in the province of Alborz.

Iran has faced a shortage of sanitizers and preventative gear for medical professionals in the country, ABC News noted.

Tito’s Vodka went viral last week after warning users that vodka products cannot be used to make hand sanitizer to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

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