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Video: 4% Of Americans Drink Bleach And Soap Solution To Protect Against COVID-19 - Survey
4% of Americans drink bleach and soap solution to protect against COVID-19 - survey
An online CDC survey found that during the pandemic, Americans began using household cleaners to wash their hands and food, and some even use them internally.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has published the results of an online survey that analyzed the everyday habits of Americans during the pandemic. The study found that at least 39% of Americans risk their health by using cleaning products to prevent COVID-19. The survey was conducted by the CDC amid increasing visits to toxicology departments following bleach and other disinfectant poisoning.
Of the 502 Americans under 46 surveyed, 60% of those surveyed said they had changed their household habits: people admit that they began to pay increased attention to disinfection after the start of the pandemic. 19% reported that they wash vegetables and fruits with bleach, another 18% treat the surfaces in the house and skin with them. About 4% of respondents admitted that they gargled and even drank bleach and soapy water in the hope of protecting themselves from coronavirus, 6% used vapors of cleaning agents as inhalation.
A quarter of the participants in the study reported that they had experienced negative consequences from the abuse of cleaning products at least once: irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, dizziness, headache and breathing problems. Moreover, people who are overzealous in the prevention of COVID-19 experience health problems twice as often.
Despite the obvious gaps in knowledge about preventive measures during a pandemic, the vast majority of respondents are confident that they are doing everything right. Researchers at the CDC said there is a need for widespread publicity of this issue, as well as educating Americans about safe and effective disinfection methods.
Note that the myth of the miraculous power of disinfectants appeared in the United States at the suggestion of President Donald Trump. At the end of April, during a briefing at the White House, the head of state was presented the results of a study according to which bleach or isopropyl alcohol quickly destroys the virus. In response, Trump offered to test whether the coronavirus could be cured with bleach injections and added that disinfectants could kill the virus in a minute.