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.
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Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of Lysol, Airwick, Dettol and more, quickly issued a statement on their website.
Reminder: Lysol disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as directed and in line with usage guidelines pic.twitter.com/yPVhvINxbU
— Lysol (@Lysol) April 24, 2020
“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.
ALERT🚨: We have received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and #COVID19.
This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route.
— Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MDMEMA) (@MDMEMA) April 24, 2020
Even the US Surgeon General, the FDA, and the CDC had to issue warnings.
A reminder to all Americans- PLEASE always talk to your health provider first before administering any treatment/ medication to yourself or a loved one.
Your safety is paramount, and doctors and nurses are have years of training to recommend what’s safe and effective.
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) April 24, 2020
Do not use disinfectant sprays or wipes on your skin because they may cause skin and eye irritation. They are intended for use on hard, non-porous surfaces. https://t.co/lcrSZEzBJ4 pic.twitter.com/yzpP7K4R0q
— FDA Drug Information (@FDA_Drug_Info) March 30, 2020
Household cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly. Follow the instructions on the product label to ensure safe and effective use. Learn more about cleaning and disinfecting your home: https://t.co/PW0UbW8KeE. pic.twitter.com/rdcR9QJNIR
— CDC (@CDCgov) April 24, 2020
Of course, Twitter also had a field day with the president’s comment.
— JΛKΣ (@USMCLiberal) April 24, 2020
— Derek Evans (@BigD2372) April 24, 2020
Trump supporters drinking their disinfectant tonight pic.twitter.com/lOS2HCs3Yy
— Corono she better dont (@Spilling_The_T) April 24, 2020
Trump brand Snack-pacs: pic.twitter.com/EElIQHmbf0
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) April 24, 2020
Me after listening to trumps advice about using disinfectant pic.twitter.com/Mli7H8ksIp
— Cinthya ✨ (@GeminiiCin) April 24, 2020
As per medical guidelines, do NOT ingest cleaner, disinfectant, or any other harmful chemicals. Follow label guidelines closely.