Disinfecting during pandemic puts asthmatics at risk


Increased cleaning by people with asthma during the pandemic may be triggering flares of their disease, a new report suggests.

Researchers who surveyed 795 U.S. adults with asthma between May and September found the proportion who disinfected surfaces with bleach at least five times a week rose by 155% after the pandemic started. Use of disinfectant wipes, sprays, and other liquids also increased, the researchers reported in Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

After accounting for other behaviors and risk factors, higher odds of having uncontrolled asthma were linked with greater household use of disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays, bleach and water solutions, and other disinfecting liquids. The study does not prove that increased frequency of disinfecting caused uncontrolled asthma. Still, the authors say, people with asthma need safer cleaning options.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises asthmatics to ask someone else to clean and disinfect surfaces and to stay in another room when cleaners or disinfectants are used and right afterward. It also said soap and water may be sufficient for surfaces and objects that are seldom touched.

© Thomson Reuters 2021.

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Another subject overlooked

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HOCl Hypochlorous acid is a far more effective anti-microbial/viral than bleach.

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Finally in the news! I go into severe asthma fits and sneezing fits with these chemicals sprayed all over the place. Terrible for me. I think it is the sprays and the toilet aerosols.

It really hurts me.

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The even bigger danger is there for all little children in the longer run. All those alcohol spray bottles and similar, everywhere, in the homes, at public places, easiest accessible... They will get secretly alcohol addicted and sick in hundreds of thousands, while you don’t even think about that, but of course strictly catch officially some 19-years old if they have a beer can in their hand a few days before

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They will get secretly alcohol addicted and sick in hundreds of thousands

Alcohol sprays and similar, have been around for years. Where are all the kid spray addicts? Or are they having a crafty sniff of the handwipes, instead?

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With all those alcohol spray bottles at 2 year old face height I am surprised there have not been emergency ambulance calls to various venues with kids spraying their own faces and eyes.

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Just allergy to chemicals creating asthma condition.

Nothing new.

Don't put your body under chemical stress. Anyone can get asthma condition one day.jç

I don't fear in particular although I have chronic asthma (so no burst of severe asthma).

If you have already asthma, never good to have your lungs get inflammed.

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