The US Center for Disease Control and Control (CDC) said that there has been an increase in cases of poisoning with antiseptics, in conjunction with the spread of the Corona virus in the country in the period from January to March 2020 compared to the same period last year.
“The poison centers received more than 45 thousand calls related to acute exposure to disinfectants, 28 thousand of which were related to cleaners, up 20 percent from last year, while 17 thousand calls related to poisoning when using disinfectants were recorded, an increase of 16 percent from last year.” “.
The center added, “It seems that there is a clear time correlation with the increase in the use of these detergents” in conjunction with the spread of the Corona virus.
The number of cases related to children increased sharply, reaching 40 percent of the recorded cases, while the beginning of March witnessed a significant increase in the number of poisoning cases, according to the center.
The toxicity of cleaning materials, especially bleaches that are also used in sterilization, was the largest percentage of poisoning cases, followed by non-alcoholic antiseptics and hand antiseptics.
“The timing of these reported exposures corresponds to increased media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reports of a shortage of cleaning and disinfection products,” the center said.
Canadian experts last week warned against mixing chemicals used in disinfection, diluting it with hot water or violating the instructions for use.
Excessive exposure to candida and sterilizers may also cause lung damage, according to American scientific centers.