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Poison centers warning against home remedies to prevent coronavirus

Health officials say trying unproven treatments at home will likely do more harm than good.

PHOENIX — Arizona poison centers say they’ve seen an influx of patients during the coronavirus pandemic for a variety of reasons.

With children and adults spending the majority of their day at home, the department says exposures to household chemicals and medications have become more common.

“We’ve seen a 50% increase in accidental exposures to cleaning products in the last month,” said Maureen Roland, the managing director of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center.

The department is also warning against home treatments to prevent coronavirus.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 or home remedy that’s effective against contracting the virus, so health officials say trying unproven methods at home will likely do more harm than good.

Poison centers have also seen an increasing amount of rattlesnake and scorpion stings due to the warming weather across Arizona.

If you've been exposed to any poison, medication or chemical you're asked to call the poison center immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

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