700 dead in Iran after drinking toxic methanol to ‘cure Covid-19’

More than 700 people in Iran have died after ingesting toxic methanol because false rumours it helps cure the coronavirus, officials have said. In a desperate search for a curative, many families have turned to fake remedies spread across social media – including a powerful form of bootleg alcohol banned in the Islamic Republic. Iranian health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that 525 people have died in hospital from swallowing toxic methanol alcohol since 20 February, state TV reported on Monday. An adviser to the ministry, Hossein Hassanian, told the Associated Press another 200 or so alcohol poisoning victims died outside of hospital. The national coroner’s authority said that alcohol poisoning killed 728 Iranians between 20 February and 7 April. The health ministry spokesman said that a total of 5,011 people across Iran had been poisoned from methanol alcohol since mid-February. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your handsand avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Bydoing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new coronavirus. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus. These include bleach/chlorine-based disinfectants, either solvents, 75 percent ethanol, peracetic acid and chloroform. Dr Hassanian also said the final tally of people who lost their eye sight could be much higher. “We have to both cure the people with alcohol poisoning and also fight the coronavirus.” Iran is facing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 71 in the past 24 hours to 5,877, health ministry spokesman said on state TV on Tuesday. However, minority Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians are allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in private. Iran also currently some 40 alcohol factories that have been allocated permits for pharmaceutical and sanitising items. The Iranian government mandates that manufacturers of toxic methanol add an artificial colour to their products so the public can tell it apart from ethanol, the kind of alcohol that can be used in cleaning wounds. Symptoms include chest pain, nausea, hyperventilation, blindness and even coma. Public health authorities around the world have struggled to combat a variety of false and dangerous information about the coronavirus and potential “cures” spread online since the beginning of the outbreak.