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posted by martyb on Sunday June 07 2020, @10:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the Dunning–Kruger-Effect-or-Darwin-Award-Candidates? dept.

Americans are drinking bleach and dunking food in it to prevent COVID-19:

Americans are doing more housecleaning and disinfecting amid the COVID-19 pandemic and many are turning to wild and dangerous tactics—like drinking and gargling bleach solutions.

Back in April, the agency noted an unusual spike in poison control center calls over harmful exposures to household cleaning products, such as bleach. The timing linked it to the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (not statements by President Trump). But to get a clearer idea of what was behind the rise, CDC researchers set up an online survey of household cleaning and disinfection knowledge and practices.

In all, they surveyed 502 US adults and used statistical weighting to make it representative of the country's population. The findings—published Friday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—are stunning.

Overall, 60 percent said they were doing more cleaning and disinfecting amid the pandemic and 39 percent admitted to doing at least one non-recommended cleaning practice the CDC considers high risk.

The questions and responses are fully available (NO paywall); read it here:

Journal Reference
Gharpure R, Hunter CM, Schnall AH, et al. Knowledge and Practices Regarding Safe Household Cleaning and Disinfection for COVID-19 Prevention, [OPEN] MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (DOI: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6923e2)

Questions from the survey:

Recommended Best Practices:

  • When making a dilute bleach solution, only room temperature water should be used
  • Bleach should not be mixed with vinegar
  • Hand sanitizers should be kept out of reach of children
  • Bleach should not be mixed with ammonia
  • For some household cleaning products, eye protection should be used during use
  • Hands should be washed with soap and water after using household cleaning products
  • For some household cleaning products, gloves should be used during use
  • Good ventilation (air flow) is needed when using cleaning chemicals
  • Household cleaning products should be kept out of reach of children

Risky Practices Performed:

  • Drank or gargled diluted bleach solution
  • Drank or gargled soapy water
  • Drank or gargled a household cleaner
  • Inhaled the vapor of household cleaners like bleach
  • Misted the body with cleaning spray or alcohol spray
  • after being in public spaces
  • Used household cleaner to clean or disinfect hands or bare skin
  • Washed fruits, vegetables, or other food products with bleach

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 07 2020, @11:19PM (9 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 07 2020, @11:19PM (#1004649)

    And 100+ BLM protestors right next to each other won't spread COVID? Stupidity is pretty universal.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @02:16AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @02:16AM (#1004702)

    From a different AC:
    Of COURSE the parent post was modded flamebait. It showed the fundamental, hypocritical illogic in how Democrats are treating coronavirus spread and deadliness. Is it really a threat? Democrat actions now appear to indicate they really think it's just a cold. Who got slammed and by whom the first time around for having that attitude? Remember? Or maybe Democrats REALLY DO think it is dangerous, and they have the same level of concern for the health of the law-abiding public they have showed with respect to the arsons/assaults/looting associated with the peaceful protests: not much. Either way, it's awful.

    P.S. I would LOVE for parent post to be modded anything other than Flamebait -1 because that just CENSORS a legitimate counterargument.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @03:29AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @03:29AM (#1004722)

      CENSORS

      Browse at -1, faggot.

      • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @05:23AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @05:23AM (#1004734)

        Obviously I saw it, jackass, or how could I respond to it?
        Are you one of those who drank the bleach, by chance?
        This was so OTHER PEOPLE would see the post who don't look at -1 posts.

        • (Score: 5, Touché) by janrinok on Monday June 08 2020, @08:59AM

          by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 08 2020, @08:59AM (#1004768) Journal

          This was so OTHER PEOPLE would see the post who don't look at -1 posts.

          Perhaps they don't want to see posts that have been moderated to -1? If they don't want to see it why should the moderation system be changed so that they have to see it?

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @07:02AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @07:02AM (#1004752)

    So COVID is a Democrat hoax right up until it is convenient for you to attack your political enemies?

    Interesting how your brain works. Well, more predictable than interesting, but y'know.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @01:26PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @01:26PM (#1004809)

    I don't know of anyone that thinks the protests aren't going to spread it. Honestly, the timing couldn't be worse.

    But the protesters didn't exactly choose the timing, that was up to George Floyd's killer.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @03:02PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @03:02PM (#1004840)

      No, it's not the cop's fault.
      It's the fault of the ENTIRE WHITE RACE since Amerikkka was founded. You're not keeping up with the evolving story here.

  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Tuesday June 09 2020, @05:12PM

    by hendrikboom (1125) on Tuesday June 09 2020, @05:12PM (#1005265) Homepage Journal

    And 100+ BLM protestors right next to each other won't spread COVID?

    I've heard the argument for allowing the BLM protesters. It is, roughly that the protests will have an effect on another significant cause of death -- the murder of blacks by authoritarians.
    So it is a trade-off between one cause of death and another.

    I'm not convinced. The murder of blacks is endemic, but dies not appear to be as contagious as covid-19, and as such is not exhibiting exponential growth.

    It is clear that suppressing these demonstrations by use of force will only inspire the demonstrators to carry on.

    -- hendrik