Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas and it is very poisonous to animals and humans. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common cause of death from accidental poisoning in the United States.
In fact, every year in the U.S., approximately 20,000 people go to the emergency room and almost 500 people a year die due to CO poisoning.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning vary depending on the severity and duration of the exposure; lower to moderate levels of exposure can often be mistaken for flu symptoms, while higher levels of exposure can result in more severe and dangerous symptoms.
What You Should Know About the Effects of Carbon Monoxide
The effects of carbon monoxide can range from mild to severe to those that result in permanent injury to even death. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are listed below: