This report reviews the current state of scientific literature investigating newly identified toxic effects to people and the immune system, after the use of common household disinfectants (i.e. bleach). Although the CDC stated on May 19th, that COVID-19 infection from surface to hand contact is unlikely, high level use of chemical disinfectants continues.
As shown in the studies below, the use of household chlorine bleach (and other disifectants) has been shown to increase rates of serious health problems (in both children and adults). All medical studies used in this toxicology assessment were acquired from the NIH National Library of Medicine database.
This includes the first study below (from the Department of Public Health in Belgium), which found increases (not decreases) in rates of influenza, tonsillitis and ear infections among children living in homes using common household bleach.
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IMMUNE SUPPRESSION INDENTIFIED
The surprising finding (linking chlorine bleach with increased child infections) is followed by several studies reporting the unexpected formation of high air levels of chloroform, carbon-tetrachloride and other toxic chemicals. Chloroform is a well documented highly toxic compound and is unintentionally created when household bleach comes in contact with organic matter on floors, countertops and other surfaces. Contact with water was also discussed by scientists as being related to the rapid increase in toxic chemical formation after bleach applications. It is important to clarify that these newly formed toxic compounds occurred after using only bleach, and without bleach being mixed with other disinfectant products. Chloroform reached unacceptably high air levels within minutes after beginning bleach use. In additional studies listed, chloroform was found to suppress output of the essential anti-viral immune defense known as interferon (which improves immune function and blocks virus entry into nearby body cells). These topics are discussed as well. Other studies of non-bleach disinfectants are reviewed which were found increase rates neurological birth defects, COPD and asthma.
All medical studies reviewed below were published in peer reviewed journals currently indexed in the National Library of Medicine database. Each review provides details on the universities and research facilities involved - medical journal name - volume - and link to the original journal article in the National Library of Medicine. This enables immediate confirmation on the accuracy of information, thereby providing credibility needed for initiating discussions on these important topics.