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Ingesting disinfectants will not cure or prevent COVID-19

Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, cautions that ingesting or injecting disinfectants is dangerous, toxic and potentially life-threatening.

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How you can prevent poisonings in your home

While most poisonings can be treated with advice from the poison control center or help from a medical professional, the safest bet is to prevent poisonings from ever happening. Here's what you need to watch out for at home, and what you can do to ensure your child doesn’t eat or drink unsafe chemicals.