SEATTLE, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new data Dashboard (linked here), the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) reports increased poison exposures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dashboard specifically documents increases in exposures to household cleaning and disinfectant products, bleach, rubbing alcohol, and hand sanitizer—many of which may be attributed to COVID-19 transmission concerns and precautions.
The new Dashboard compares WAPC telephone helpline data from the first 118 days of 2019 to the same time period in 2020. In 2020:
"We appreciate the confidence that the public and healthcare providers place in us by calling when potentially toxic exposures and overdoses occur," says Dr. Erica Liebelt, Executive and Medical Director of the WAPC. "By calling us, we are able to compile data, analyze trends, and provide relevant, timely education to communities and public health partners on emerging risks and prevention strategies."
To prevent poisoning when cleaning or sanitizing:
The Washington Poison Center has assisted Washingtonians for over 60 years. Our toll-free Poison Helpline (1-800-222-1222) is available 24/7/365, and is staffed by nurses and pharmacists with expert-level training in toxicology. The Poison Helpline provides free, confidential, and immediate information and treatment advice on poisonings, drug overdoses, and toxic exposures.
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SOURCE Washington Poison Center