Some people in the United States have resorted to drinking or gargling diluted bleach and other risky methods to try to find out the coronavirus, a new study says.
An American Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 8% of respondents say they had tried one of the methods in the previous month.
The opt-in Internet panel survey of 502 adults conducted in May found that 39% reported participating in risky cleaning practices to try to prevent coronavirus capture, the CDC said, adding that quota samples were used and statistical weighting to make panel representative of the U.S. population by gender, age, region, race / ethnicity, and education. ”
The study found that 19 percent tried washing fruits and vegetables in bleach, while 18 percent tried bathing with household cleaners or disinfectants. Another 10% tried to rinse with disinfectants or detergents and 6% inhaled fumes from cleaning products.
According to the CDC, 25% of the reported side effects reported as being attributed to unsafe cleaning such as nose, sinuses, skin or eye irritation, dizziness, nausea and respiratory problems.
Another 60% of respondents reported cleaning or disinfecting their homes more often than usual, which the CDC does not recommend, the study showed.
But the study found many were unclear about safe cleaning practices.
For example, 65% did not know that bleach should not be mixed with vinegar, and 42% did not know that blending bleach with ammonia can be deadly, the CDC says.
But 64% knew how to wear eye protection while cleaning, and 71% knew about wearing gloves, the study showed.
More than 6.9 million cases of COVID-19 virus have been confirmed worldwide with more than 400,000 deaths as of June 7, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has more than 1.9 million confirmed cases with more than 109,000 deaths.
The World Health Organization has declared coronavirus as a global pandemic. In the United States, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency.