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Experts warn against use of chloroquine, alcohol to treat COVID-19

Health experts have warned against the consumption of alcohol and chloroquine without medical prescription as a preventive step against contracting the dreaded coronavirus infection. Professor…

Health experts have warned against the consumption of alcohol and chloroquine without medical prescription as a preventive step against contracting the dreaded coronavirus infection.

Professor of Public Health, Olumuyiwa Odusanya, and Public Mental Health Expert, Dr. Bolanle Ola, both spoke at the first virtual public lecture of the Lagos State University (LASU) and clarified that consuming alcohol to prevent coronavirus portends danger to the individual, while there is no proof yet that antioxidants such as Vitamin C, garlic and lemon also cure the COVID-19 infection.

Dr. Bolanle particularly said “It is not true that alcohol prevents someone from contracting coronavirus. Avoid alcohol consumption, it’s risky and makes you violent.”

The public lecture titled ‘COVID-19: What you need to know and how to cope’ was moderated by the Acting Provost of Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Professor Biodun Adewuya.

In his lecture titled ‘What you need to know about COVID-19’, Professor Odusanya, a former Provost of LASUCOM, and Director, Directorate of Research Management and Innovation refuted claims that the disease can be cured by taking chloroquine or antioxidants such as garlic, ginger, lemon and vitamin C; stressing that currently there is no known cure for the disease except for people to imbibe a healthy lifestyle, have sufficient sleep and exercise regularly.

He further identified three core pillars of treatment of the virus as rehydration, medicines for fever and medicines to prevent secondary bacterial infection, adding that the virus can be spread through droplets, formats and touching of contaminated surfaces.

He also listed dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat and inability to smell things properly as common symptoms of the disease.

The second speaker, Dr. Bolanle Ola spoke on ‘Coping with COVID-19’ and stressed the need for individuals to pay attention to their psychological well-being as they seek to cope with the pandemic.

 

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