FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, The American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers Caution About Use of Cleaning Products and Disinfectants.
McLean, VA — April 24, 2020 —
There are currently no medications or vaccines proven to be effective for the direct treatment or prevention of SARS-CoV-2, the disease caused by COVID-19 coronavirus.
Hydrogen peroxide (including “food grade” product) is not intended for human consumption. Household cleaning products, including disinfectants, are effective for killing bacteria and viruses on household surfaces. These products should never be swallowed or injected. This can result in harm and even death.
These chemicals should only be used as directed. Mixing of cleaning solutions should be avoided as some products, when mixed together, produce toxic fumes.
Toxicologists and poison information specialists are available to the general public and healthcare providers by telephone. If you suspect an exposure, contact your regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222, 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year. Healthcare providers are encouraged to consult with a medical or clinical toxicologist when managing acutely poisoned patients.