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.