I don’t think you can claim to be a superpower when you can’t stop your citizens from drinking tainted hand sanitizer.
Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a toxic chemical that can lead to hospitalization or death if ingested.
The Food and Drug Administration first warned of hand sanitizers with possible methanol contamination in June, citing nine products from Mexico. Since then, the list has grown to more than 100. The CDC recommends hand sanitizers that contain either ethanol or isopropanol, which are also alcohols, but not methanol. Hand sanitizer should never be ingested.
In one case highlighted in the CDC report, a 44-year-old male sought care after developing vision problems. The man said he had drank an unknown quantity of hand sanitizer in recent days. The man was hospitalized and experienced seizures. He was later discharged with “near-total vision loss,” the report said.
Other individuals sought care because of gastrointestinal or vision problems. Some lost consciousness. One individual sought care because of media reports of methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers.
The report noted that cases of methanol poisoning that occur when someone applies the chemical to skin is rare, though it can occur. Any individuals who have been exposed to hand sanitizers contaminated with methanol should seek medical care immediately if they develop concerning symptoms, the report said.
Claiming it was ‘tainted’ is a terrible excuse too because you’re not supposed to drink untainted hand sanitizer either so try to avoid it if at all possible.
Hand sanitizer production has increased by 200,000% since the beginning of the pandemic and with it ‘black market’ hand sanitizer has made its way to store shelves in America and American’s being as stupid as they are, chose to drink it. Based on taste alone, I don’t I could get through the first ounce before throwing up so I respect anyone who’s able to get through a whole gallon of the stuff. You might go blind but you’ll be a house party legend for decades so at least you’ll have that.