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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 9, 2020

Spike in Poison Control Calls Related to Disinfectant Exposures

JAMA. 2020;323(22):2240. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8307

Calls to US poison control centers regarding exposures to cleaning products and disinfectants increased by more than 20% during the first quarter of 2020 compared with 2019, according to a CDC analysis posted online on April 20.

Since the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic began earlier this year, the CDC and other public health agencies have recommended proper cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces. The sharp uptick in calls about exposures to those products began in March 2020, the CDC and the American Association of Poison Control Centers surveillance team data show. During the first quarter of 2020, US poison control centers received 45 550 such calls compared with 37 822 calls in the first quarter of 2019.