COVID Fears Quackery

Americans are poisoning themselves trying to disinfect against COVID-19

National Post, April 22

A woman who heard people should clean all recently purchased groceries plunged her produce in a sink with a mixture of 10 per cent bleach solution, vinegar and hot water

Calls to U.S. poison centres have increased since the coronavirus landed stateside in January, with a sharp increase in March during the onslaught of lockdowns, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC looked at the number of calls from January to March of this year and compared it to the same period in 2019 and 2018.

The health authority found that calls about exposures to chemicals and disinfectants increased by 20 per cent from 2019 to 2020, with children five years old or younger making up the majority of the victims.

COVID Fears Quackery

A spike in New Yorkers ingesting household cleaners

Daily News, April 24

By Anna Sanders and Chris Sommerfeldt

An unusually high number of New Yorkers contacted city health authorities over fears that they had ingested bleach or other household cleaners in the 18 hours that followed President Trump’s bogus claim that injecting such products could cure coronavirus, the Daily News has learned.

The Poison Control Center, a subagency of the city’s Health Department, managed a total of 30 cases of possible exposure to disinfectants between 9 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday, a spokesman said.