Can Household Disinfectants Be Used To Treat COVID-19?
Absolutely not! There are some dangerous myths families may hear about how to prevent or treat COVID-19 , and this is one of them. Can household disinfectants be used to treat COVID-19?, Disinfectant products for use at home, such as bleach or bleach, are toxic and should never be used on or in our bodies.
Of course, using these products according to label directions to clean our homes, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a good way to help prevent the spread of germs. Cleaning "high-touch" surfaces such as door knobs, light switches and countertops often is an especially good idea, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). .
But even when we use disinfectants to clean our homes, it is important to be careful and keep the family safe from them. According to the CDC, the number of calls to poison prevention centers in the United States related to cleaners and disinfectants began to rise in March as COVID-19 spread. Some advices:
Household disinfectant safety
- Safe storage . While using or storing these products, keep them out of the reach of small children.
- Good ventilation . Open a window and turn on (turn on) the fan to circulate air.
- Protect the skin . Wear gloves to help protect your skin.
- Do not mix cleaners . Never mix bleach with other cleaning products such as ammonia or vinegar, as they can create toxic fumes.
Other tips to prevent poisoning in the home
It is also important to consider other products that can be dangerous for children if they come into contact with them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such as:
Hand sanitizer . Many families stocked up on hand sanitizers when the pandemic began to spread. Remember that this product contains high concentrations of alcohol that can be dangerous for children, so keep them in a place that children cannot find. Also keep portable (travel) size containers in purses, backpacks (bundles) and cars out of reach.
Laundry products . You may be doing more laundry now, especially if one of your family members is an essential worker who may be exposed to COVID-19 in daily work. Be sure to keep any packaging with well-stored laundry detergents and dishwasher detergents.
Button cell batteries . Because child care centers and schools are closed, parents are trying to cope with work at home and children may be playing unsupervised. Make sure they don't have access to button-type batteries that many toys have, as well as remote controls, key fobs, and other common household items.
Medications . Be sure to store medications safely after use. This includes not just prescription drugs but over-the-counter products.
Liquid nicotine . As always, keep dangerous e-cigarette refills out of reach. In fact, if you smoke, this is a good chance to quit because of expert reports that smoking and using e-cigarettes can increase your risk of getting sick from COVID-19.
The best ways to keep your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic are to stay home and keep your distance from others and get good sleep and exercise. Read, play games, dance, and find ways to support each other. However, we need to pay much more attention to hazards in our homes while we are protecting ourselves. Talk to your pediatrician if you have any questions about keeping your family safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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