People want to use bleach as COVID-19 'cure', reveals poisons hotline

The NSW Poisons Information Centre is reporting a rise in calls about gargling, spraying or bathing in bleach and disinfectants

Poisons experts are used to calls about accidental ingestion of bleach, but now they’re seeing a rise in queries about its use as a COVID-19 cure.

The NSW Poisons Information Centre says its 24-hour hotline has been receiving an increasing numbers of calls asking whether it’s safe to nebulise hydrogen peroxide, gargle antiseptics or bathe in bleach to prevent or treat coronavirus.

The centre’s medical director, toxicologist Associate Professor Darren Roberts, and the