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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, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 07 2020, @11:56PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 07 2020, @11:56PM (#1004663)

    Unfortunately, the type of hyphenated-American slum dweller who would try this stuff tends to breed young and breed often.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @12:05AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @12:05AM (#1004667)

    #HyphenatedAmericanLivesMatter

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @12:21AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @12:21AM (#1004670)

      #HyphenatedAmericanLivesMatter

        Not according to President Roosevelt!! [wikipedia.org]

      Of course, he did not have to hide in a bunker, and tear-gas Americans exercising their constitutional rights, to hold a Bible up San Juan Hill and give special tax benefits to the Teapot Dome.

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @12:34AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @12:34AM (#1004672)

    I thought the people who went for hyphenated names tended to be upper class

    • (Score: 2) by drussell on Monday June 08 2020, @05:06PM

      by drussell (2678) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 08 2020, @05:06PM (#1004893) Journal

      I suppose that depends on if you mean given names or surnames. :)

      I dated a really cute girl named Bobbie-Jo for many years, from a tiny, tiny little town...

      She's got a hyphenated name... :)

  • (Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @07:16AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @07:16AM (#1004760)

    And here I thought you White Power folks tended to protect your own.

    Oh well, I won't be shedding any tears about you hateful idiots dying off. I do hope none of your younger members drink the kool-aid, they do stand a chance of forging a better path.