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Accidental poisonings rose after Trump suggested injecting disinfectant could thwart coronavirus

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Accidental poisonings in the country from disinfectants and bleach increased in April, the month when Trump mused that people may be able to fight the coronavirus by injecting themselves with disinfectant, new data show.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported a 121 percent increase in poisonings from disinfectants and a 77 percent spike in bleach poisonings in April, compared with the same month last year. The April 2020 data included the eight days that followed Trump’s false and dangerous comment about disinfectant, which he made April 23.

The percentage increase in poisonings in the first 10 days of May was lower. Reports of accidental poisonings from disinfectants increased 69 percent and reports of poisonings from bleach increased 51 percent over the same period in 2019.


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