Disinfectants should not be injected or consumed under any circumstances!
Top household disinfectant brands in the UK and US, Dettol and Lysol, have issued a statement cautioning against the use of their cleaning products to treat coronavirus ‘in no circumstances’ after the US President Donald Trump claimed that disinfectant could be used to weaken the disease.
The US president is being condemned after he suggested it would be “interesting to check” whether a disinfectant injection could help combat coronavirus.
On Thursday, during his White House press conference, POTUS said that the researchers were looking at the effects of disinfectants on Covid-19.
His scientific advisor and coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, was left stunned when the president said, “I see the disinfectant where it 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?”.
Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the British owner of Dettol and Lysol, issued am statement on Friday to discourage “improper use” of household cleaning supplies and disinfectants.
“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),” read the statement.
“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.”
The RB statement further added that all its products should only be used as intended and according to usage guidelines.
Meanwhile, many took to social media to respond to the comments made by the US President:
Please don’t poison yourself because Donald Trump thinks it could be a good idea.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 24, 2020
It’s 2020, the world is in the midst of a pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of people, and the makers of Dettol have had to issue an urgent statement after President Donald Trump publicly recommended injecting their product into your veins.— Tom Peck (@tompeck) April 24, 2020
While Toilet Duck and Dettol are trending, here's a reminder of the word 'ultracrepidarian': one who consistently offers opinions and advice on subjects way beyond their understanding.— Susie Dent 💙 (@susie_dent) April 24, 2020
DANGER #TrumpIsNotADoctor Trump Is Not A President Trump Is a MORON #Lysol INJECTIONS #InjectDisinfectant #Clorox Disinfectants @cspanwj Dettol #PoliteWaysToSayFU #DontDrinkBleach DR BIZARRE #COVIDIDIOT LYSOL #UVLight DR IDIOT DR INSANE DOCTOR DO LITTLE— MICHAEL DOLLAR (@MICHAELDOLLAR) April 24, 2020
DOCTOR KNOW LITTLE pic.twitter.com/nVd7f4ietb
so way back in 2012 I finished my thesis on trolling (or in its sunday garb it's about online deception, manipulation, and aggression)— Dr Claire Hardaker (she/her) (@DrClaireH) April 24, 2020
and wildly, i'm going to summarise the trolling strategy from §6.2.5.—Endangerment, because of this dettol moment:pic.twitter.com/nlNZNEkcXq
A picture tells a thousand words – likewise the face of US Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator, immunologist and vaccine specialist Dr Deborah Birx, as she listens to Dettol Donnie's latest outpouring of tripe… #Imbleachment pic.twitter.com/sJxf8UhU6i— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) April 24, 2020