Infectious Disease

Many follow unsafe family cleansing towards COVID-19

HealthDay News – More than a third of adults in the US admit unsafe cleaning practices in hopes of disinfecting against COVID-19. This emerges from research published in the June 12 issue of the Weekly Report of the US Centers for the Control and Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality.

Radhika Gharpure, DVM of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues conducted an online survey of 502 adults in the United States in May 2020 to find out about knowledge and practices related to cleaning and disinfecting households during the COVID-19 pandemic to characterize.

The researchers found that there are knowledge gaps in several areas, including how to safely prepare cleaning and disinfecting solutions; Use of the recommended personal protective equipment when using cleaning agents and disinfectants; and safe storage of Han11d disinfectants, detergents and disinfectants. More than a third of respondents (39 percent) stated that they use non-recommended high-risk practices to prevent the transmission of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (e.g. washing food with bleach, using the Household cleaning) or disinfectants for bare skin and intentional inhalation or ingestion of these products). Those who studied high-risk practices were more likely to report adverse health effects that they believed were due to the use of detergents or disinfectants.

“Public news should continue to focus on evidence-based, safe practices such as hand hygiene and the recommended cleaning and disinfection of high-contact surfaces to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the home,” the authors write.

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COVID19 Emerging respiratory diseases

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