Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, four Americans have died from drinking hand sanitizer, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Four people is not many, obviously, but it’s four too many.
And the CDC findings include only the states of Arizona and New Mexico, so there are likely to be other victims of alcohol-based hand sanitizers who aren’t included in the report.It should be noted that the report covers just two months of 2020 — May and June.
Nor is anyone saying why Americans are drinking the stuff, although they may be methanol, which is poison, for ethanol, which is the only form of alcohol that humans can safely drink.
You can read the report here:
Fifteen adults were hospitalized for ingesting the hand sanitizers, and four died. Several had other impairments as a result of drinking the poison, and those impairments included serious vision problems and seizures.
In short, this is a totally-preventible way to die.
“This investigation highlights the serious adverse health events, including death, that can occur after ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizer products containing methanol,” the researchers wrote in the new CDC report.
While some of the victims were probably alcoholics, it also seems possible that a general ignorance or denial of science could have played a role. You have to wonder, at least, how much Donald Trump’s musings about ingesting sanitizers during one of his briefings played a role. I’m not saying that’s the case, but his comments were staggeringly stupid.
The CDC, which has been pushed to the background in recent months, doesn’t mention Trump’s comments.
The American Civil Liberties Union does note that while we can find out how many Americans are killed annually when they tip balky vending machines on top of themselves, we can’t find out how many people have been killed by American police.
What a world, huh?