CDC report finds some gargling with disinfectant to prevent COVID-19

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A report published Friday by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
A report published Friday by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that many Americans are taking part in dangerous behaviors to try and prevent COVID-19 infection -- including gargling bleach solutions.

To collect information for the report, researchers surveyed 502 people ranging in age from 18 to 86 in May.

Researchers found that nearly 40 percent of respondents said they engaged in high-risk behavior, such as spraying their bodies with disinfectant spray, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Other high-risk behavior included application of bleach to food like fruits and vegetables; using household cleaning and disinfectant products on hands or skin; inhaling household cleaner or disinfectant vapors; and drinking or gargling diluted bleach solutions, soapy water, and other cleaning and disinfectant solutions.

"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…
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