Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, Canadians have had so many questions about the disease. Thankfully, Ottawa Public Health is on hand to help us out. In a recent statement, health experts have answered some of our biggest questions, such as “Can alcohol prevent COVID-19?”\nIn a new statement, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has attempted to dispel some of the myths that are circulating about booze and COVID-19, and they've answered some of Canada's biggest questions.\nIf you were hoping that a cheeky glass of bubbly or a daily cocktail would help protect you against the novel coronavirus, Ottawa’s top health experts have got some bad news.\nThis week, the health agency confirmed that alcohol doesn't actually kill the virus that causes the disease, and drinking won’t necessarily help protect you from contracting it.\n“Drinking alcohol will not disinfect your mouth and throat and will not protect you from COVID-19 or prevent you from being infected by it,” an updated notice from OPH stated.\nThe same statement addresses the “myth” that some types of booze, such as beer, wine and distilled spirits, can make the immune system stronger.\nIn fact, the opposite is more accurate. According to OPH, “Alcohol can in fact weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to COVID 19 and other illnesses.”\nHave you heard myths about alcohol and COVID-19? Find the facts here: https://t.co/o3Dv7poAvL— Ottawa Public Health (@ottawahealth) April 22, 2020\nA new Nanos poll, published in April 2020, concluded that 25% of Canadians (aged 35-54) and 21% of Canadians (aged 18-34) have recently increased the amount of alcohol they drink.\nAccording to the survey, the main reasons for this is due to a lack of regular schedules, boredom, and stress.\nIn response, OPH explained that it's only a myth that booze helps people to cope with anxiety and stress.\nInstead, the experts noted that, “Alcohol is known to increase the symptoms of panic and anxiety disorders, depression and other mental disorders.”\nLast week, the health agency also issued some advice for Canadians who have been drinking more during the pandemic.\nTheir suggestions included drinking slowly, and having no more than two standard drinks in three hours.\nOPH has also addressed common concerns about COVID-19 that aren't related to alcohol, including whether the disease can be transmitted via groceries.\nA common question we get asked is "can I get #COVID19 from food?" In short: there is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 virus can grow on food or can be transmitted by ingesting food. Learn more: https://t.co/Lg7muFlTOU— Ottawa Public Health (@ottawahealth) April 22, 2020\nThe health agency also assures Canadians that situations like this can affect your mental health.\n"It is completely natural to feel stress and concern during these times and so it is important to practice positive coping strategies," the agency explains.\nIf you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance use, help is available. You can click here for additional resources.