Lysol issues warning following Trump's comment of "injecting" disinfectant

Apr 24 2020, 12:29 pm

During the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force update, President Trump made a puzzling comment about “injecting” disinfectant to fight off COVID-19, which left manufacturers and doctors scrambling to warn folks not to do so.

After a brief discussion on the effects that UV rays and disinfectants have on the virus, the president made an offhand comment to his medical personnel on-stage, asking, “Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.”

This prompted a huge reaction from the press during the conference, as well as a stern denouncement of the idea by doctors and manufacturers of disinfectant products.

Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of Lysol, Airwick, Dettol and more, quickly issued a statement on their website.

“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),” reads the update. “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.”

Alongside RB, groups like the Maryland Emergency Management Agency sent out warnings while stating they had received numerous calls about using their products in this manner.

Even the US Surgeon General, the FDA, and the CDC had to issue warnings.

Of course, Twitter also had a field day with the president’s comment.

As per medical guidelines, do NOT ingest cleaner, disinfectant, or any other harmful chemicals. Follow label guidelines closely.