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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: 0, Flamebait) by c0lo on Monday June 08 2020, @10:32AM (3 children)

    by c0lo (156) on Monday June 08 2020, @10:32AM (#1004785) Journal

    Heh, easy fix. Allow more Mexican house cleaners in US, they have enough IQ and direct experience in using bleach to know it's not to be used as a drug (grin)

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday June 08 2020, @12:47PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday June 08 2020, @12:47PM (#1004805)

    Jesus, talk about direct experience... when I was working fast food we had an employee who was trying to get his hands on the cash bag, his first attempt was to mix ammonia and chlorine in a mop bucket by the manager's desk - manager wouldn't open the door that close to the cash bag so she just sat there and took the gas.

    About a week later, he finally managed to get his hands on the bag and get it out the back door unseen - tossed it up on the roof (this in days before cameras everywhere) - but, even with food prep gloves everywhere was still dumb enough not to wear them so when the cops found the bag they found his fingerprints on it.

    Україна досі не є частиною Росії. Слава Україні 🌻
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 09 2020, @01:36AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 09 2020, @01:36AM (#1005058)

    Huh! Really? The parent offers an excellent, practical and cheap advice to raise the IQ in US, should be modded +Insightful.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 09 2020, @03:30PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 09 2020, @03:30PM (#1005211)

      Ya, but it involved the wrong skin tones so the resident racists couldn't have that.