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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: 4, Interesting) by sonamchauhan on Monday June 08 2020, @01:17AM (3 children)

    by sonamchauhan (6546) on Monday June 08 2020, @01:17AM (#1004687)

    There's a better way to use bleach.

    Let your body's cells generate HOCl (the active ingredient of bleach) from salt solution that you used to gargle and rinse the insides of your nasal cavity. The cell then uses bleach that it made within the cell for antiviral activity.

    This paper has the details:
    "Hypertonic saline nasal irrigation and gargling should be considered as a treatment option for COVID-19"
    http://www.jogh.org/documents/issue202001/jogh-10-010332.htm [jogh.org]

    (Ignore the less than impressive presentation. This is a preprint paper accepted for publication. The group's previous research has appeared in 'Nature').

    Here's how you do it:

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/27/how-grandmothers-gargling-remedy-could-help-abate-the-wuhan-virus/ [thefederalist.com]

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @02:13AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 08 2020, @02:13AM (#1004700)

    > ...from salt solution that you use to gargle ...

    Let me improve on that recipe. From salty semen that you use to gargle - at least someone gets some benefit.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by JoeMerchant on Monday June 08 2020, @02:55AM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday June 08 2020, @02:55AM (#1004713)

    My mom recommended salt water gargles for colds of all types 50 years ago...

    --
    John Galt is a selfish crybaby [huffpost.com].