President Donald Trump actually forced the maker of Lysol disinfectants to warn the public on Friday to not use their products as a treatment for the coronavirus after he suggested injecting them into the human body.
Trump made the dangerous remarks during his latest press briefing/campaign rally, horrifying Dr. Deborah Birx and medical professionals across the country.
“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out, in a minute,” Trump said. “Is there a way we can do something like that? By injection, inside, or almost a cleaning, ’cause you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. You’re going to have to use medical doctors, right? But it sounds interesting to me.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
After hearing presentation President Trump suggests irradiating people’s bodies with UV light or injecting them with bleach or alcohol to deal with COVID19. pic.twitter.com/cohkLyyl9G
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 23, 2020
It should be needless to say that injecting disinfectant chemicals into your body in any way is potentially deadly and will definitely make you seriously sick.
But Reckitt Benckiser, the company that manufactures Lysol and Dettol, felt the need to issue a statement warning against doing as Trump is suggesting.
“Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB (the makers of Lysol and Dettol) has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2),” the company said. “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”
Indeed, the label on every disinfectant product specifically warns against using these products internally and strongly recommends calling poison control services immediately if there’s an accident.
“We have a responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts,” the statement concluded. “For this and other myth-busting facts, please visit Covid-19facts.com.”
As with his remarks about chloroquine, people are most likely going to listen to him and try ingesting disinfectants to prevent or cure coronavirus. And some will die. But if any Trump supporter out there really wants to “own the libs,” go right on ahead and listen to Trump. Just don’t say you weren’t warned.
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