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Two Men In Georgia Drank Disinfectants In Effort To Prevent COVID-19 Infection, Officials Say


Two Men In Georgia Drank Disinfectants In Effort To Prevent COVID-19 Infection, Officials Say

Officials in Georgia say two men ingested household chemicals in an effort to protect themselves against COVID-19 over the weekend, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Gaylord Lopez, director of the Georgia Poison Center, told the Journal-Constitution that a man was hospitalized on Saturday after he claimed to have ingested “16 ounces” of bleach in a bid “to prevent COVID.”

“He said that he took 16 ounces,” Lopez said. “I don’t know very many patients who will take 16 ounces, but then again, it is a psych history patient.”

Lopez said the man was later transported to a psychiatric ward and has since been released.

The director revealed that another man had also been hospitalized after drinking Pine-sol mixed with mouthwash, beer and pain medication.

Lopez said it’s unclear whether the two men had ingested the cleaners after listening to remarks President Trump made about disinfectants at a press conference on Thursday.

“We don’t ask the question of, was it because they watched a TV show?” he told the paper. “We are just told, ‘What do we do for these patients?’ And it’s our job to try to give them treatment advice to make sure these patients make it.”

Lopez also told the newspaper that he felt Trump’s comments suggesting disinfectants be looked into as a possible coronavirus treatment were misinterpreted by much of the public, claiming the president just seemed to be asking about whether a treatment like that could be possible.

During a press briefing last week, Trump discussed the possibility of injecting disinfectants as a potential coronavirus treatment.

“So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it,” Trump said at the time. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside of the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting.”

“I see the disinfectant — where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?” he asked at the briefing.

Trump has since said that he was being sarcastic during the briefing.

Poison control centers in a number of states have reported a rise in calls about exposure to household cleaners following the president’s briefing.


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