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Public Health Reports: Calls to a State Poison Center Concerning Cleaners and Disinfectants From the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic Through April 2020

In an article in Public Health Reports, Dr. Kenneth Rosenman, Ms. MaryJo Reilly, and Dr. Ling Wang of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Michigan State University examined calls about cleaners and disinfectants to the Michigan Poison Center (MiPC) since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2019 to 2020, the number of all disinfectant calls increased by 42.8 percent, the number of calls with symptoms increased by 57.3 percent, the average number of calls per day doubled after the first Michigan COVID-19 case, from 4.8 to 9.0, and the proportion of calls about disinfectants among all exposure calls to the MiPC increased from 3.5 percent to 5.0 percent (P < .001).  The authors concluded that information about the adverse health effects of disinfectants and ways to minimize exposure should be included in COVID-19 pandemic educational materials. Full article.