While many Americans have been drowning their coronavirus sorrows in the bottle as they are stuck at home without work and running out of other distractions, most of them are smart enough not to be deluded into thinking that their imbibing is going to protect them from a COVID-19 infection…unless they’ve had way too much to drink or work for Trump Golf, the division of the Trump Organization that oversees the president’s golfing holdings.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Twitter account of Trump Golf posted a video earlier this month featuring professional golfer John Daly in which he promoted the idea that drinking a daily bottle of vodka will kill the coronavirus.
Before proceeding any further, it would be irresponsible to not mention the fact that health officials the world over have confirmed that not only does alcohol consumption not kill CODID-19 but that it can have deleterious effects on one’s immune system and actually weaken one’s defenses against the virus.
The video is part of a series of social media posts by Trump Golf featuring now-idled golf professionals sheltering in their homes and promoting the president’s golf courses as their “home away from home.”
While Daly starts his video with the hope that those viewing it would “be healthy and be smart” and that soon everyone can get back out on the links, he soon makes a recommendation that even Donald Trump himself — a notorious teetotaler — would likely be embarrassed to spread, despite his habit of touting false coronavirus remedies.
“But I kind of got a cure for this. I only drink one drink a day, it just happens to be a bottle. Of good old Belvedere,” Daly says while displaying a full bottle of vodka.
“You know, you just drink one of these a day — you know, sippy-sippy on a little McDonald’s Diet Coke, you know, wash it down pretty good. Never have a hangover,” Daly claimed while holding a McDonald’s takeout cup. “And that’s the way you kill this coronavirus, I believe.”
A big thank you to @PGA_JohnDaly who has always been one of our biggest fans. John thank you for the friendship. Everyone at @TrumpGolf truly loves you! #StaySafe #AmericaTogether pic.twitter.com/coWifMSa3W
— Trump Golf (@TrumpGolf) April 9, 2020
While Daly is as free to believe that his liver-stressing cure works for himself as anyone is to believe that the pink elephants they see dancing around the room after Delerium Tremens sets in are real, it is massively irresponsible for Trump Golf to be promoting such unscientific and dangerous ideas on social media.
Despite being the target of pandemic blame-shifting by Donald Trump, the World Health Organization remains a credible source of scientific and medical knowledge and cautioned against taking Daly’s advice on their website.
“Consuming alcohol will not destroy the virus, and its consumption is likely to increase the health risks if a person becomes infected with the virus,” a fact sheet posted on the WHO website stated.
“Alcohol … works as a disinfectant on your skin, but it has no such effect within your system when ingested,” the WHO fact sheet continued.
While a moderate amount of alcohol can help soothe nerves after days of confinement at home, anyone thinking that drinking a bottle of vodka per day will help prevent them from getting the COVID-19 virus may soon have their friends and family toasting to their memories at an on-line memorial service at worst or come down with a case of cirrhosis of the liver at best.
Here’s a brief cautionary message for your listening pleasure as you contemplate this.
Original reporting by David Fahrenthold at The Washington Post.
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