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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The pandemic drove people to use more cleaning products and hand sanitizer in 2020 in an effort to stay healthy and safe. Unsurprisingly, in that same time frame, there was an increase in poison exposures to cleaning products in North Carolina.
North Carolina Poison Control (NCPC) reported 7,000 cases of exposure to cleaning products in 2020 — a 23% increase from the previous year.
However, one expert with NCPC can’t say for sure whether that increase in exposure was a direct result of the pandemic.
“Our main focus is managing the exposure, accessing and seeing if any treatment needs to be done,” said Dr. Anna Dulaney, a clinical toxicologist with NCPC. “We did see an increase. Now, whether or not that was actually related to the pandemic, we didn’t do that type or research so I can’t say for sure.”
Dr. Dulaney also says there was a shift in the types of substances they were called about for child exposure cases.
More at source: WECT
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