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Coronavirus horror: Americans are drinking BLEACH to prevent virus according to new data

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It comes after US President Donald Trump bizarrely suggested injections of disinfectants may be a potential treatment to prevent COVID-19 infection earlier this year. The US has now seen tragically high losses from COVID-19, at 2,006,84 infections and 112,463 deaths.

The study, carried out by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed that some Americans are trying to prevent infection by cleaning their food with bleach.

Others have reported using household cleaners to wash themselves and others.

Some have even started inhaling or drinking cleaning products.

Overall, the CDC found that nearly four in 10 people surveyed admitted to actions that the agency would consider dangerous, equal to 39 percent.

The CDC surveyed 502 adults for their research into the subject.

The survey’s average age of participants was 46 years old.

Of that number, 19 percent had admitted that they put bleach on their food, including fruit and vegetables.

In addition, 18 percent admitted using household cleaners and disinfectant on their hands and skin.



The survey also found that some four percent had drank or gargled bleach solutions, soapy water or disinfectants.

Six percent had inhaled vapours from household cleaners or disinfectants.

Lastly, 10 percent said they had misted their body with a cleaning or disinfectant spray.

Health officials have explicitly cautioned against such behaviour.


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Overall, the CDC found that 60 percent of respondents reported cleaning and disinfecting more often in the month before they completed the survey than they did before the pandemic.

Worryingly, a quarter reported at least one adverse health effect which they believed was linked to the use of cleaning products, such as the skin, eye and sinus irritation, dizziness and headaches, nausea and breathing problems.

Those who reported at least one high-risk act reported health problems twice as often as those who did not behave dangerously, and a majority of participants also fared poorly on knowledge of cleaning practices.

It’s researchers concluded: “Despite the knowledge gaps and high-risk practices identified in this survey, most respondents believed that they knew how to clean and disinfect their homes safely; thus, prevention messages should highlight identified gaps in knowledge about safe and effective practices and provide targeted information using innovative communication strategies regarding safe cleaning and disinfection.”

However, the researchers have acknowledged that there were several limitations to the findings: They did not know whether the participants were truly representative of the broader US population, despite efforts to weight them as such, or whether the adverse health effects were directly linked to the risky behaviour.

They added: “Finally, responses were recorded at a single point in time and might not reflect ongoing shifts in public opinion or cleaning and disinfection practices by the public throughout the national COVID-19 response.”

The study was launched in May, shortly after President Trump’s inquiry into whether injecting cleaning products could prevent COVID-19.

These comments prompted the maker of Dettol to warn against its product being ingested “under any circumstances”.

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