GENEVA, December 10. / Corr. TASS Konstantin Pribytkov /. Alcohol can make a person more vulnerable to coronavirus and compromise the immune system. This was stated on Thursday by the official representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tariq Yazarevich, answering a TASS question about whether it is harmful to drink alcohol during vaccination against the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus.
"Alcohol consumption is associated with a wide range of infectious and noncommunicable diseases and mental disorders that can make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19," Yazarevich said. "In particular, alcohol endangers the body's immune system and increases the risk of negative health effects." “In this regard, people should minimize their alcohol consumption at all times, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
As the official stressed, WHO recommends that people monitor their health and calls for a healthy diet, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption. The organization found, he recalled, that alcohol consumption "can affect immune activity" as well as "exacerbate health vulnerabilities."
As the head of the Sputnik V vaccine, the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N.F. Gamaleya of the Russian Ministry of Health, Alexander Gintsburg, told reporters on Wednesday, it is strongly recommended to stop drinking alcohol within three days after inoculation with each dose of the vaccine against the new coronavirus infection. however, we are not talking about a complete rejection of alcohol. Gunzburg explained that excessive alcohol consumption during the vaccination period can significantly reduce immunity, which means it can reduce the effectiveness of vaccination or even make it meaningless.
Earlier, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova noted that drinking alcohol must be stopped at least two weeks before vaccination. In addition, it is better to refuse alcoholic beverages for the entire period of vaccination - from receiving the first dose of the drug to the second and some time after, she said.