US Poison Control Centers Seeing Spike in Bleach Ingestion Calls

In the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump hyped up the drug hydroxychloroquine, which is sometimes available in aquarium supply stores. Despite warnings not to do so, one couple in Arizona took the drug, resulting in the death of the husband a and a hospital stay for the wife.

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The President again came up with medical theories, this time concerning the use of industrial cleaner to treat the illness. Companies like Lysol quickly moved to tell people that ingesting their product could result in injury or death. That hasn’t stopped some people from having questions, though, as states have seen a spike in calls with questions about bleach ingestion.

Poison control centers are receiving queries about the possibility of ingesting the drug. Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency tweeted yesterday, “We have received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and COVID-19. This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route.”

New York, the epicenter of the crisis, has also seen a spike in calls related to the products. The poison control center saw record calls, which led City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot to tweet, “To be clear, disinfectants are not intended for ingestion either by mouth, by ears, by breathing them in any way, shape or form. And doing so can put people at great risk.”

The President attempted to clarify his comments about household cleaners on Friday by saying he was just joking.


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