Some Americans are ingesting bleach to ‘ward off’ COVID-19, report finds

Original story June 8 2020

A surprising number of Americans have taken a dangerous measure to attempt to “ward off” the coronavirus, a new report has found.

Americans are putting household disinfectants including bleach into their bodies in a bid to ward off coronavirus, despite such “preventive” measures being ineffective and dangerous, according to a new study.

The report, posted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, asked 502 participants how they were using disinfectants to stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which has now killed more than 400,000 people globally and more than 110,000 Americans.

“These practices pose a risk of severe tissue damage and corrosive injury and should be strictly avoided,” the report said.

“Although adverse health effects reported by respondents could not be attributed to their engaging in high-risk practices, the association between these high-risk practices and reported adverse health effects indicates a need for public messaging regarding safe and effective cleaning and disinfection practices aimed at preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission in households.”

In April, President Donald Trump speculated during a news briefing that disinfectants “by injection inside or almost a cleaning,” could some day be used to rid the lungs of COVID-19.

According to the CDC report, 4 per cent of those surveyed – 20 people – admitted they’d drank or gargled household agents including bleach.

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