After the president’s suggestion that ingesting cleaning products or applying a “very powerful light” to the body to kill the coronavirus, Lysol, the Centers for Disease Control, lawmakers, doctors, and Twitter users warned people not to do so.
“I see the disinfectant where it knocks [the coronavirus] out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said during the daily White House coronavirus briefing on Thursday. “And 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.”
No, it wouldn’t. And by Friday, Lysol, the CDC, and others stepped in to emphasize that you should not drink or inject disinfectant.
The CDC tweeted, “Household cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly.” While Lysol took a more firm stance in response to “recent speculation and social media activity.”
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion, or any other route.)”
When pressed about the remark during a bill signing on Friday, Trump claimed, “I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.” He also left Friday’s briefing without taking questions from the press.
Democratic lawmakers and political candidates also reminded Americans that contrary to the president’s “sarcastic” remark, injecting cleaning products is not a preventative measure for avoiding COVID-19.
I can’t believe I have to say this, but please don’t drink bleach.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 24, 2020
Our “stable genius” president has suggested that injecting disinfectant might be an effective approach to treating coronavirus. Mr. Trump: your shameful inaction has already cost American lives. Stop putting more at risk with your lies and pseudoscience.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 24, 2020
I never thought I’d have to say this. Don’t inject Lysol or any other disinfectant. Don’t drink bleach.
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) April 24, 2020
It goes without saying: please don’t inject disinfectant or drink bleach.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 24, 2020
Don’t inject poison. More importantly? Don’t listen to this President.
— Joe Kennedy III (@joekennedy) April 24, 2020
And doctors also took to Twitter to issue medical advice.
Please don’t inject bleach or drink disinfectant. Bleach injections cause hemolysis (where your red blood cells that carry OXYGEN break apart) and cause liver damage, and many disinfectants can cause dangerous burns or bleeding in your stomach. This tweet IS medical advice
— Harvard Toxicology (@Harvard_Tox) April 24, 2020
Bizarrely, brand accounts with no connection to bleach, like Burger King, also posted public service announcements.
not sure why we need to be the ones to tell you this, but don’t drink bleach.
— Burger King (@BurgerKing) April 24, 2020
So there you have it: DON’T DRINK BLEACH.
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