North Texas Poison Center Reminds People Again Not To Ingest Disinfectants

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The North Texas Poison Center says in the last three weeks it’s received 46 calls related to people ingesting bleach.

According to NBC News, in the Dallas Fort Worth area, “inaccurate and misleading information is the reason why experts at the North Texas Poison Center believe people continue to drink disinfectants like bleach.”

  • Since August 1, the center has “received 46 calls related to people drinking bleach,” said Cristina Holloway, the public health education manager at North Texas Poison Center located at Parkland Hospital.”

"We certainly are not used to seeing bleach ingestion, at least that frequently in such a short amount of time, and we do know in general this year compared to last we’re seeing a whole lot more of bleach exposures," Holloway said.

  • She said the majority of the calls that come into the North Texas Poison Center “were from Dallas and Tarrant counties, plus some from Collin County and others,” according to NBC News.
  • Holloway added that they know “for a fact that some callers have mentioned COVID-19 as a reason for why they ingested the disinfectant.”

"We do know that there’s a lot of misinformation through the media, through the internet, so that can also be a contributing factor where people are misinformed and hear it from a neighbor or a friend and think it sounds like a good idea when it could potentially be dangerous," she said.

  • Holloway “said the majority of the nearly 50 calls were not severe cases, but 12 people did seek medical attention,” the report stated.
  • This is extremely concerning given the fact that President Trump suggested in April that “scientists and other experts” should “investigate whether there's a way to inject disinfectant, light, or heat into the human body to kill the coronavirus,” according to Business Insider. “At the briefing, Dr. Deborah Birx, the federal government's coronavirus response coordinator, said she'd never heard of light or heat being used as a treatment for an illness like COVID-19.”
  • “It’s important for people to follow instructions on the label, store the products in a safe area and not to consume the cleaning supplies,” NBC News wrote.

Read the full report here.


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