FDA expands list of toxic hand sanitizers

The Food and Drug Administration added products to avoid due to the risk of methanol contamination, which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even blindness and death.
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about two health headlines we're following. A new study revealing how long antibodies may last for covid-19 and the fda is also expanding its list of potentially dangerous hand sanitizers over concerns about methanol contamination. Our Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here with more on that and, Dr. Ashton, let's start with antibodies. We have been talking about these covid parties that people have been going to. To develop immunity. These studies suggest antibodies may fade after a while. Explain the significance of this. Yeah, whit, not so fast with that assumption that you're protected in the long term. This is not yet peer review data and not yet published but echoes previously published data about the antibody protection that people naturally infected with sars-cov-2 and implications for vax seeks that may be different than natural infection and also looking at the difference between people who were asymptomatic versus symptomatic suggests people without symptoms have even less immunity going forward. I know we have a lot to learn but certainly not the news we wanted to hear about the antibodies. Let's switch subjects here and talk about hand sanitizers. Everybody is rushing to the store. They're flying off shelves but now the ft. Is expanding its list of hand sanitizers that are dangerous. Break it all down for us. Right, so they picked up some reports from CDC and poison control centers out in Arizona that triggered them to look deeper into this and found that now at least 59 hand sanitizers, most of them marketed under the name blue men have been contaminated or contain the toxic ingredient methanol. That should never be in a hand sanitizer. Skin absorption can produce toxic and in some cases deadly results. So, again, people want to look at those hand sanitizers. Look for the ingredient ice so -- soopropol alcohol 60%. Those are safe. What are the symptoms of methanol poisoning. The things people should look out for, toxicity depends on the dose and frequently but headache, dizziness, nausea, in rare cases blindness or death, remember, washing hands, soap and water always the safest bet. Something else to look out for, Dr. Ashton, as always, thank you so much. All right, let's check in

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