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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: 5, Funny) by aristarchus on Sunday June 07 2020, @11:23PM (5 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Sunday June 07 2020, @11:23PM (#1004650) Journal

    marshal law

    envade Canada

    Meixco

    sheap labor

    Let me try to fix this for you.

    Trump will loose despict the Brown Note, but he will declare marshmallow laws, envenerate Canada, and Mexico will pay for the sheep.

    Close to what you were trying to say? The spelling is atrocious and deplorable, even by SN standards. But we are all aboot the Freeze peaches, so we will tow your line. It will help you get a new leash on life!

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by hendrikboom on Monday June 08 2020, @03:27AM

    by hendrikboom (1125) on Monday June 08 2020, @03:27AM (#1004720) Homepage Journal

    Is there a venery shortage in Canada?

  • (Score: 2) by istartedi on Monday June 08 2020, @06:19AM (1 child)

    by istartedi (123) on Monday June 08 2020, @06:19AM (#1004741) Journal

    Maybe he meant Marshall Law [youtube.com]

    • (Score: 2) by PinkyGigglebrain on Monday June 08 2020, @08:59AM

      by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Monday June 08 2020, @08:59AM (#1004769)

      I thought he meant Martian Law [youtube.com]

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      "Beware those who would deny you Knowledge, For in their hearts they dream themselves your Master."
  • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @07:11AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @07:11AM (#1004756)

    Russia has downgraded the importance of SN propaganda. I guess Buzzy's stubborn stupidity has at least had some effect for good, can't brainwash people already blinded by idealism.

    • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday June 08 2020, @10:37AM

      by c0lo (156) on Monday June 08 2020, @10:37AM (#1004787) Journal

      can't brainwash people already blinded by idealism.

      Don't try to brain-bleach them, they are already doing it on their own money.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0