No basis for claim that increase in possible ingestion of household cleaners is linked to Trump

No basis for claim that increase in possible ingestion of household cleaners is linked to Trump
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[Ed. – As Ashe Schow reports, people are calling hotlines, which LU reported earlier, out of fear they may have accidentally ingested household cleaners. That’s obviously not a sign of thinking the president advised intentionally consuming cleaners. She also points out that use of household cleaners has spiked this year over last year because of the coronavirus, and the higher incidence of related patterns was preexisting.]

As Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown reported, however, that was not the case.

“[T]he article makes no mention of anyone deliberately consuming household cleaners. It simply states that 30 people called the city’s poison control hotline ‘over fears that they had ingested bleach or other household cleaners,’” Nolan Brown reported. “Fearing that you ingested something doesn’t jibe with having intentionally consumed that substance.”

Further, the Daily News reporters compare the number of calls this year to those during the same period last year – when people weren’t using household cleaners as stringently as they are now and thus not risking as much exposure.

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