Remember to Explore a Plaintiff’s Pandemic Actions

Recently, we offered some thoughts about the heeding presumption in light of recent news reports of Americans acting in ways that are contrary to public health recommendations. Since then, the CDC published a report of a survey conducted of approximately 500 U.S. adults regarding their understanding and use of some chemical cleaning products and practices. Some of the reported results are shocking – even to those who profess to no longer be surprised by any unwise behaviors that people might engage in. For example, the…
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What are the Reported Risks with Disinfectants Containing Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs or quats)?

You may recall our recent post “Are We Going to Clean Ourselves Sick” where we discussed the increased use of cleaning and disinfecting products along with the rise in exposures reported to the National Poison Data System. We also discussed a Consumer Reports article warning of some risks reportedly associated with Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs or quats). Sanitizing and disinfecting agents seem to be in greater demand these days than ever before—at least more than this author can ever recall. This is evidenced…
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Are We Going to Clean Ourselves Sick?

It wouldn’t be going out on the proverbial limb to say that people are using all sorts of cleaning and disinfecting products with significantly greater frequency and regularity than they have at any other time in history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for April 20, 2020 contains the article, “Cleaning and Disinfectant Chemical Exposures and Temporal Associations with COVID-19.” This article describes an analysis of data from exposures reported to the National Poison Data System and…
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