Trump suggests injecting disinfectant to treat coronavirus

Company that manufactures Lysol issues statement saying under 'no circumstances' should the product be administered inside the human body

Donald Trump
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily coronavirus briefing as Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia (R) looks on in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

During a COVID-19 briefing at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump suggested an “injection” of disinfectant, such as Lysol, into a person infected with the coronavirus as a means to kill the deadly contagion.

“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? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that,” said Trump during the briefing, NBC News reports.

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Trump made these remarks after Bill Bryan, head of the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology division, touted research that shows the virus is weakened by humid temperatures.

Bill Bryan

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 23: William Bryan, head of science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security speaks while U.S. President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Bryan said, “The virus dies quickest in sunlight,” leaving Trump to wonder whether you could bring the light “inside the body.”

Which led Trump to ask him, “So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked because of the testing … supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too.”

Bryan, as well as members of Trump’s coronavirus task force, appeared to shoot down the idea.

Immediately following the televised briefing, many hit up Twitter to mock the president’s “improper health messaging.”

Dr. Vin Gupta

Screenshot from UW Medicine video entitled, “Meet Vin Gupta, M.D., Lung Care Provider” in uploaded Oct 3, 2018

Medical professionals stepped up to publicly rebuke the president’s suggestion.

“This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous,” said Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonologist, global health policy expert. “It’s a common method that people utilize when they want to kill themselves.”

Gupta message to the public is lockstep with the makers of the popular cleaning agent.

Reckitt Benckiser, the British company that makes cleaning products like Lysol, issued a statement warning consumers against ingesting or injecting household cleaning products.

The statement reads:

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).

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.

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As the world searches for a vaccine for the coronavirus, the public must remain vigilant in looking to medical professionals for guidance.

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