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The Food and Drug Administration has put out a warning that U.S. consumers should not use any of nine brands of possibly toxic hand sanitizer that may contain methanol, or wood alcohol, a substance that’s potentially dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested.
As CNN explained, exposure to significant amounts of methanol can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Anyone exposed to these hand sanitizers should seek immediate treatment, the FDA warns.
Why This Matters: Hand sanitizer is still difficult to buy in many places as consumers have been buying it up throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help stop the spread of the virus. As a result, knock-off brands and “hand purifiers” have popped up in convenience stores and other retail outlets.
In Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent interview with In Style Magazine, he kept a diplomatic tone about how well the White House takes the hard truths he has to share about the COVID-19 pandemic. But what if we had an anger translator to tell us what cool, calm, collected Fauci ACTUALLY means? Sounds amazing, we nominate […]
A new study published in the Journal Science yesterday found that the costs preventing pandemics using three conservation strategies are substantially less than the economic losses and mortality costs of responding to a global zoonotic virus once it occurs.
Why This Matters: As the study’s authors explain, the risks of zoonotic disease are higher than ever as increasingly intimate associations between humans and wildlife disease reservoirs accelerate the potential for viruses to spread globally.
As the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned that another infamous killer–the bubonic plague–has made a comeback by categorizing it as a re-emerging disease. As CNN reported, on July 7, Chinese authorities confirmed a case of the bubonic plague in inner Mongolia. and yesterday in an unrelated case, […]
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