North Texas Poison Center officials warned people against drinking bleach to stop COVID-19. They reported 46 bleach ingestions since Aug. 1.
How many of you honestly think drinking bleach is a good idea?
I’m hoping you didn’t raise your hand.
But apparently at least 46 people in the great state of Texas might have raised their hands earlier this week. That’s because 46 of them actually drank the potentially-deadly chemical.
The North Texas Poison Center blamed “misleading and inaccurate information circulating online about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” KTVT-TV reported.
A spokesperson for the agency told KXAS-TV “they know for a fact that some callers have mentioned COVID-19 as a reason.”
But wait, there’s more. WFAA-TV reported that the center’s latest data revealed “a nearly 58% increase in the number of calls related to bleach products and a 63% increase in cases involving other household cleaners in March through June compared to the same period in 2019. “
Think about that for a minute. People are risking their lives to prevent COVID-19 by drinking deadly poison. They seem to honestly believe that makes sense.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently conducted their own survey. They found:
- 60% reported more frequent home cleaning or disinfection compared with that in the preceding months.
- 39% reported intentionally engaging in at least one high-risk practice not recommended by CDC for prevention of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, including application of bleach to food items (e.g., fruits and vegetables) (19%); use of household cleaning and disinfectant products on hands or skin (18%); misting the body with a cleaning or disinfectant spray (10%); inhalation of vapors from household cleaners or disinfectants (6%); and drinking or gargling diluted bleach solutions, soapy water, and other cleaning and disinfectant solutions (4% each).
People are wasting no time in taking leave of their senses.
I know we’re still in 2020, but come on. What has happened to our world?
Where did common sense go? And when will it make its long-awaited return?
While we wait, please take this advice: Drinking bleach — and spraying it on your food or all over your body is a spectacularly bad idea. Please don’t.