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Pure Alcohol is Not a Cure for COVID-19

Despite alcohol being banned in the Islamic Republic, the wild rumor has taken hold in the nation that has seen 75,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 4683 deaths that alcohol can cure the disease. The death toll from Iranians drinking pure alcohol in the tragic misbelief that it can cure the coronavirus has reached about 600, with thousands more hospitalized, according to recent reports “The numbers are very high and are beyond our expectations,” Iranian judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaili told a state-run news service. The officials said there had been a number of arrests over the bootleg booze, warning that they will be dealt with decisively. “They must be held accountable for their criminal acts, for causing death and damage to citizens,” he said of the most lethal of the numerous rumored cures for the contagion. Actual figures of those who have died or been infected with the virus are said to be far higher than those officially published by the Iranian government. (VFI News)

Intercede for the Iranian people to receive the desperately needed tests, protective gear, and instructions on how to stay as safe as possible. Iran's oppressive regime has proven time and again that it cares little for the Iranians on the street or their basic, let alone emergency needs. This tragic method of self-medication reveals the fear and panic of multitudes.