Coronavirus pandemic has led to more calls to poison control centers around US

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

The coronavirus pandemic has led to more calls to poison control centers around the country.

They jumped 20 percent between January and April compared to the same period last year.

Emily Samuel, who is director of Home Safety Programs with Safe Kids Worldwide, tells KNX 1070 News she's not surprised to see this.

"And while we are doing our best to keep our family safe by maintaining a clean, healthy environment it also means we are bringing more cleaning and disinfectant products into the home," Samuel said. 

Samuel says combine that with more kids at home and parents distracted with work and you get more poison calls.

Bleaches accounted for the largest increase in calls among the cleaner categories.

There's also been a 70 percent increase in the number of hand sanitizer exposures reported to poison control centers.

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