Lysol and Dettol manufacturer warns customers not to inject disinfectant after President Trump’s suggestion.
In Trump’s coronavirus daily briefing update last Thursday, April 23, he claimed that injecting cleaning products is a possible treatment for COVID-19. He said, “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets inside the lungs and does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that."
Although Trump did not name any particular cleaning brands, Reckitt Benckiser, a British consumer goods company and the makers of Lysol and Dettol, released a statement on Friday, April 24 warning, “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).”
Trump soon after tried to take a step back and commented that his previous remark had been a question to Bill Bryan, the undersecretary of Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security. During a bill signing on Friday, Trump responded to the flurry of reactions from the nation saying, “I was asking a sarcastic - and a very sarcastic question to the reporter in their room about disinfectant on the inside.”
Regardless of whether his statement was sarcastic or not, the American Cleaning Institute, doctors, health specialists, and leading cleaning companies have come out to deny his comment and protect the health of citizens from avoidable dangers.
by Chelsea Lee