According to a recent release from the Georgia Poison Center, two people in Georgia reportedly drank liquid cleaning products in a very misguided attempt to stop themselves from getting COVID-19. Both men had histories of psychiatric problems, although, thankfully, both are also expected to make full recoveries.
Men Drink Disinfectants In Misguided Attempt To Stop The Coronavirus
Per Gaylord Lopez, the director for Georgia Poison Center, he does not know whether the men guzzled down these disinfectants because of a recent White House briefing, where U.S. President Donald Trump wondered aloud if the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic can be killed by household cleaning products. However, even before Trump made the remarks on national television, at least two other Georgians have fallen ill due to similar attempts to “clean” their inner organs from any virus by using household chemicals since the pandemic began.
Furthermore, Lopez also said that so far, the majority of poisonings from the state come from home-stuck Georgians who try to furiously scrub surfaces with different products that they mixed together and then fall ill after inhaling the fumes caused by said products. In fact, the center has already had 115 calls since March 1 this year.
“When you mix bleach with certain types of chemicals, you produce a reaction that can cause release of noxious and toxic gases, and if you inhale enough of this stuff, you can induce a chemical pneumonia,” Lopez said.
Aside from adults mixing products together, there have also been reports in Georgia of children who accidentally ingest chemicals because their parents leave them around unattended due to work-from-home setups.
Trump’s statement, however, came after Bill Bryan, head of the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology division, presented new research that states the coronavirus is unable to survive for long in direct sunlight. Afterwards, Trump then replied by saying “and then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning.”
But not long after that, the White House said that Trump’s comments had been taken out of context.