CDC: Four in 10 Americans are misusing household cleaners to ward off COVID-19
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Those unsafe practices mostly involve washing food with bleach. But people have also done such high-risk things as intentionally ingesting or inhaling disinfectants or spraying household cleaners on their skin.
Almost 40 percent of Americans have used bleach, disinfectants and other cleaning products in unsafe ways to protect themselves from COVID-19, the results of a new CDC survey suggest.
Those unsafe practices mostly involve washing food with bleach. But significant proportions of people have also done such high-risk things as intentionally ingesting or inhaling disinfectants or spraying household cleaners on their skin, the survey found.
The findings are both startling and troubling. “These practices pose a risk of severe tissue damage and corrosive injury and should be strictly avoided,” the CDC researchers warn in their report of the survey, which was published Friday in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
As the CDC revealed in May, poison control centers in the United States have experienced a sharp increase this year in calls about possible poisonings related to disinfectants and other cleaning products. The agency conducted the current survey to determine why those increased calls might be happening — specifically, to find out if people understand how to safely use these products to keep high-touch surfaces clean to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
In its report on the survey, the CDC does not refer to President Trump’s remarks at an April 23 press conference in which he posed the possibility that putting a disinfectant inside the body, perhaps through an injection, could kill the coronavirus. Health officials quickly put out warnings that injecting or ingesting bleach or any other disinfectant was dangerous. Later, the president said his remarks had been meant sarcastically, as a prank on journalists.
difficult Word Meanings
|word||part of speech||image||Meaning of a word|
|ingesting||verb||to eat or drink something|
|inhaling||verb||to breathe air, smoke, or gas into your lungs|
a substance that contains chemicals
that kill bacteria and is used especially for cleaning
surfaces in toilets and kitchens
|corrosive||adjective||something corrosive, as an acid or drug.|
|sarcastically||adverb||in an ironic way intended to mock or convey contempt.|
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