Health officials in Kansas said they’ve seen at least a 40 percent increase in cases of people ingesting cleaning chemicals.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary Dr. Lee Norman claimed Dr. Stephen Thornton, a toxicologist and emergency medicine specialist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, informed him of the recent spike. Norman said one of the cases involved a man who drank a chemical product over the weekend “because of the advice that he received,” according to KHSB.
Norman said the agency is working to “counter-message” disinformation regarding the consumption of cleaning chemicals. However, he refused to link the recent uptick in “cleaning chemical cases” to comments President Donald Trump recently made about injecting disinfectant into the lungs to combat COVID-19.
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— Lysol (@Lysol) April 24, 2020
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