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Tue May 12, 2020, 10:15 AM

Accidental Poisonings Increased After President Trump's Disinfectant Comments

Source: Time

President Trump’s April 23 musing that injections of disinfectant could help defeat the coronavirus did not do much for his reputation as a reliable arbiter of public health. What’s harder to determine is how many people—if any—took his advice and in some way ingested the toxic chemicals. The most recent bulletin from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which aggregates data from its state counterparts, does offer some clues, however.

Even before Trump’s comments, accidental poisonings from bleach and other disinfectants were on the rise from Jan. 1 to March 31 of this year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, with people sanitizing surfaces, groceries, smartphones and more as a defense against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Most of the poisonings were the result of inhalation of fumes, but there were ingestion cases as well, typically among children who got their hands on chemicals left out in the open.

What’s key is what happened in the weeks that followed Trump’s controversial and widely debunked comments—and there does appear to have been a rise in accidental poisonings thereafter.

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Critically, association is not causation, and with a frightened public doing whatever it can to protect itself from the virus, the same increases in poisonings might have happened regardless of Trump’s remarks. But the presidential megaphone is a powerful one, and even dangerous ideas projected through it can influence an awful lot of people.

Read more: https://time.com/5835244/accidental-poisonings-trump/

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sabra May 2020 OP
LakeArenal May 2020 #1
The Blue Flower May 2020 #2
mopinko May 2020 #3
paleotn May 2020 #6
mopinko May 2020 #8
hadEnuf May 2020 #4
Blue Owl May 2020 #5
paleotn May 2020 #7

Response to sabra (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:16 AM

1. It's Not ACCIDENTAL poisoning.

A clear sample of lowering the surplus population.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:56 AM

2. My thought exactly

A person doesn't ingest bleach by accident. It can only be with intention.

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:00 AM

3. the one deplorable in my life

keeps trying to argue stats w me, and is insisting that They™ have the wrong zero point, so all numbers are now mush.
i drew him a picture of 2 parabolas, wrote the equation, one w a zero at zero, and one w a "zero" at 1.
he couldnt point to what diff that made in the shape of the curve, but he's still sure he knows more about the maths than me.

ps, he has a gold plated jd sheepskin, but never took a college level math class.

so, then i tried to explain about how it's addition>multiplication>exponents>calculus.
there are a lot more iterations to that, but i only made it through calculus.

he said "hhuuuuh?" then hung up.
i blocked his number.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:17 PM

6. Good for you.

Life is too short to listen to the ramblings of deplorables.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:46 PM

8. well, lets just say that his brain is not my favorite body part.

but yeah.

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 01:10 PM

4. Trumpism is a disease in itself.

Poor brainwashed morons with nothing else going for them except to worship a complete asshole and conman.

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:38 PM

5. And no lawsuits?

How is that possible?

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Response to sabra (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:18 PM

7. Something very darwinian about that whole thing.

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