Omicron variant and the hysteria around it made Americans panicking, and they tested themselves for the minor ailment to make sure they did or didn’t have C-19.
The testing sites in many urban zones made people stand in lines waiting outside in the cold. NYC is a place where you can see thousands of asymptomatic and mildly ill people waiting to get their C-19 nasal swabs.
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Thousands of New York City residents have been waiting in lines in below-freezing temperatures for hours to get tested for the new COVID Omicron variant, which typically presents with symptoms similar to the common cold.pic.twitter.com/txlw9iZQzd
— Michael P Senger (@MichaelPSenger) December 21, 2021
So, a lot of people decide to get home test kits only to avoid the crowd. So, it increased the demand for test kits in the holiday season.
The Biden admin invoked the Defense Protection Act to give $3 billion so the Americans could get the home testing kits.
It’s crucial to mention that kits aren’t FDA approved. They have emergency use authorization.
On C-19 testing kit has a lethal ingredient causing past deaths even in small doses.
Abbott’s BinaxNow C-19 Antigen Self Test is the item that is questioned for having the ingredient called sodium azide.
Check this out:
FDA’s shared the instructions for use:
18. The Reagent Solution contains a harmful chemical (see table below). If the solution contacts the skin or eye, flush with copious amounts of water. If irritation persists, seek medical advice: https://www.poison.org/contact-us or 1-800-222-1222.
The NIH National Library of Medicine shared the study “Human health effects of sodium azide exposure: a literature review and analysis“: saying:
Sodium azide, used mainly as a preservative in aqueous laboratory reagents and biologic fluids and as a fuel in automobile airbag gas generants, has caused deaths for decades. Its exposure potential for the general population increases as the use of airbags increase. In order to characterize the known health effects of sodium azide in humans and the circumstances of their exposure, the authors conducted a systematic review of the literature from 1927 to 2002 on human exposure to sodium azide and its health effects. The most commonly reported health effect from azide exposure is hypotension, almost independent of route of exposure. Most industrial exposures are by inhalation. Most laboratory exposures or suicide attempts are by ingestion. Most of the reported cases involved persons working in laboratories. The time between exposure and detection of hypotension can predict outcome. Fatal doses occur with exposures of >or=700 mg (10 mg/kg). Nonlethal doses ranged from 0.3 to 150 mg (0.004 to 2 mg/kg). Onset of hypotension within minutes or in less than an hour is indicative of a pharmacological response and a benign course. Hypotension with late onset (>1 hour) constitutes an ominous sign for death. All individuals with hypotension for more than an hour died. Additional health effects included mild complaints of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, temporary loss of vision, palpitation, dyspnea, or temporary loss of consciousness or mental status decrease. More severe symptoms and signs included marked decreased mental status, seizure, coma, arrhythmia, tachypnea, pulmonary edema, metabolic acidosis, and cardiorespiratory arrest. The signs and symptoms from lower exposures (<700 mg) are physiological responses at the vascular level and those at or above are toxicological responses at the metabolic level. There is no specific antidote for sodium azide intoxication. Recommended preventive measures for sodium azide exposure consist of education of people at high risk, such as laboratory workers, regarding its chemical properties and toxicity, better labeling of products containing sodium azide, and strict enforcement of laboratory regulations and access control.
The CDC shared some facts about sodium azide:
- Sodium azide is a rapidly acting, potentially deadly chemical that exists as an odorless white solid.
- When it is mixed with water or an acid, sodium azide changes rapidly to a toxic gas with a pungent (sharp) odor. It also changes into a toxic gas (hydrazoic acid) when it comes in contact with solid metals (for example, when it is poured into a drain pipe containing lead or copper).
- The odor of the gas may not be sharp enough, however, to give people sufficient warning of the danger.
“Survivors of serious sodium azide poisoning may have heart and brain damage,” according to the public health agency.
Reese shared in his report that there is a warning on the instructions saying:
11. Do not dip the swab into the liquid reagent or other liquid before inserting the swab into the nose.
However, who will read the instructions before they use the test kit? So, people aren’t aware of the dangerous ingredient.
The test could be administered to young children at two or three.
Open your eyes and read carefully.