In a recent online survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States, 39% of U.S. adults reported using disinfectants and other cleaning products in potentially harmful ways as they tried to prevent infection from COVID-19. Unsafe ways included using bleach on food such as fruit or vegetables and applying household cleaning products directly on skin. Ten percent also reported misting their body with a cleaning or disinfectant spray. Six percent inhaled vapors from cleaning or disinfectant products, and a small number said they drank or gargled with diluted bleach, soapy water, or other cleaning or disinfectant solutions. One in four of survey participants also reported that using cleaning products or disinfectants caused negative effects such as irritation of the nose, sinuses, skin, or eyes as well as dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, nausea or breathing problems. Although most participants said they knew how to safely clean and disinfect their homes, the survey revealed serious gaps in knowledge.
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