Health officials beg residents to not drink disinfectant

There has been a spike in calls to poison control following the president's comments last week that cleaning products such as bleach could be used to cure COVID-19 infection.

The Michigan Poison Center is reporting an increase in calls related to exposure to household cleaning chemicals such as bleach and other disinfectants.

According to Bridge Magazine, the poison assistance hotline run by Wayne State University reported an 86% spike in such calls between Friday and Sunday.

This is happening after President Donald Trump last week publicly speculated about whether household cleaning solutions could be used internally to kill the coronavirus.

Michigan Poison Center community outreach educator Denise Kolakowski told Bridge Magazine that there has been a slight increase in calls for information, but that “the majority of the calls that we get are regarding people who have some type of exposure.”

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