According tomedia Slash Gear, many people are experiencing health anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking health measures to avoid contracting the new coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied best-in-class precautions and detailed them in a new report, but has found that some people take extreme and dangerous measures to protect themselves.
The CDC released its May 2020 report on best practices for preventing COVID-19 using disinfectants and other household cleaning products. Public health authorities have been touting the need to wash their hands regularly with soap and water since the outbreak began, but some have proved extreme in doing things.
The CDC’s online survey found that about one-third of those who answered used bleach on food to disinfect food, and said they had used disinfectants and bleaches to scrub their skin, most frighteningly, that they had drunk the cleaners or had deliberately smelled their smoke.
The CDC is encouraging officials to arrange public information that emphasizes safe and effective ways to prevent improper use of these cleaning products. In these cases, the agency warns that individuals are putting themselves at extreme risk. So what should people do to help protect themselves? The CDC says protective equipment should be worn when using disinfectants, avoid mixing the chemicals, and follow the instructions on the bottle. As for the outbreak, the CDC advises people to wear masks in public and wash their hands regularly with soap and water to avoid more people and close contact with others.