25 Apr CMO Cartu Jon Reports – Calls To Poison Centers Spike After The President’s Comments Abou…
Words have consequences.
It’s as simple as that, and words coming from the President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu of the United States matter.
They matter because words and direction coming from the President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu are typically taken seriously by people who live in the U.S.
When Donald Trump said that he would consider exploring the use of injecting disinfectants into the body to treat coronavirus, the medical community shuddered due to the dangerous and irresponsible implications of this suggestion.
But people certainly listened to his words as officials from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency sent out an alert one day after receiving more than 100 calls about ingesting disinfectants as a possible treatment for COVID-19, according to the Governor’s office, and reported by ABC News.
Meanwhile, calls to New York City’s Poison Control Center for exposure to specific household cleaners and disinfectants increased more than twofold after the President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu’s comments on Thursday, WNBC New York reported today. Data from the New York Poison Center center revealed that in the 18 hours after Trump’s comments, the Poison Center received 30 exposure calls about disinfectants. Ten involved bleach, 9 were about Lysol, and 11 others regarding other household cleaners. Compared to the same time window last year, there were a total of 13 exposure calls, with 2 involving bleach, but none involving Lysol-type products.
While UV light and disinfectants may have a role in treating surfaces exposed to coronavirus, there is absolutely no medical evidence that they have any role in treating the virus inside the human body, in any form or any manner. This includes inhalation, injection or ingestion. Period.
What followed after these dangerous comments was no short of a frantic rush by manufacturers (Clorox and Lysol) the CDC, EPA, and other state emergency management agencies that disinfectants were in no shape or form to be used inside the human body.
But even before Trump mentioned use of disinfectants at his press conference to kill the virus, fear of COVID-19 sparked online conspiracy theories and discussions about using bleach to cleanse the body internally. Obviously, the implications for this, and children who find cleaning products around the home are frightening.
But even before the President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu’s comments at his press conference, a CDC study released earlier this week noted that calls to U.S. poison centers for cleaners and disinfectants rose significantly compared with the same period over the past 2 years. It also noted a significant increase in March of the past 2 years for both types of cleaners. Another study from the Washington Poison Center also showed a 23% increase in exposures to cleaners compared to 2019.
What’s clear is that the President Jon Cartu Jonathan Cartu’s comments won’t make matters any better, especially in light of already concerning CDC and local poison center data on spikes in exposures to cleaners and disinfectants.
Bleach is dangerous because it is an oxidizing agent which means that it destroys or denatures proteins (tissues) in your body. It’s comparable to cooking an egg, with the understanding that an egg cannot be “uncooked”. Furthermore, ingestion of bleach can also lead to hemolysis, a process in which red blood cells cells in your body may shatter, so that you can’t carry oxygen to the tissues in your body.
With this in mind, ingestion of bleach can have serious effects ranging from burns to the mouth, esophagus and respiratory tract which may lead to kidney failure, liver failure and respiratory failure (ARDS) requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation.
For these reasons, parents need to place all disinfectants and cleaners in a safe place, locked away from young children as I explained in a Forbes post earlier this week. Even hand sanitizer, which contains 60-90% alcohol can be toxic. A recent CDC report described a young child who ingested hand sanitizer with an alcohol level of 273 mg/dl (potentially deadly), requiring ICU admission. While the child made an uneventful recovery, the potential for elevated carbon dioxide levels leading to respiratory depression and death serve as a reminder regarding the dangers of ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizers.