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NEW YORK — Reports of accidental poisonings from cleaners and disinfectants are up sharply, and researchers believe it’s related to the coronavirus epidemic.

Such poisonings were up about 20% in the first three months of this year, compared with the same periods in 2018 and 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Monday.

This year’s increase coincided with outbreaks of the new coronavirus in the U.S., along with stay-at-home orders and guidance to clean hands and dirty surfaces.

Dr. Diane Calello from the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers University shared some tips with PIX11 to avoid toxic combinations and situations while using cleaning supplies in your home.