Trump floats coronavirus theory: Lysol manufacturer warns against injecting disinfectants

Trump floats coronavirus theory
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Reckitt Benckiser, the British company responsible for making Lysol, warned Friday from the”internal administration” of their products after President Donald Trump proposed injecting disinfectants into the human body as a potential cure for the coronavirus.

“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we have to be clear that under no condition if our disinfectant products be administered to the human body (via injection, ingestion or another path ),” the firm stated in a news release, citing”current speculation and social networking action .”


“As with all goods, our disinfectant and hygiene goods should only be applied as planned and in line with usage guidelines,” the company added. “Please read the label and safety details.”

The announcement from the multinational consumer goods firm came after the president floated hazardous coronavirus treatment theories in a White House news conference Thursday evening, and urged government officials to learn more about the potential use of disinfectants to Covid-19 patients.

“And then I visit the disinfectant, where it rips it out in a moment. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or nearly a cleaning?” Trump said. “Since you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a huge number on the lungs. Therefore it’d be interesting to look at that. So you are going to need to work with medical doctors together — but it seems intriguing to me.”

The American Cleaning Institute, which represents the manufacturers and formulators of various cleaning products, also published a news release Friday”in response to speculation about using disinfectants on or in one’s body.”

“Disinfectants are meant to kill viruses or germs on hard surfaces. Under no circumstances should they be employed on one’s skin, ingested or injected internally,” that the ACI said. “We remind everyone to please use all cleanliness, cleaning and disinfecting products as directed in order to guarantee safe, effective and planned use of these products.”

In addition to disinfectants, the president Thursday encouraged the therapeutic effects of different types of light in curing the coronavirus, using the clinical hypothesis that was unfounded to reinforce his claims that the outbreak could be blunted by the weather of summer season.

“Thus, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, while it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and that I think you stated that hasn’t been assessed, but you’re going to examine it,” Trump told reporters. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do, either through the skin or in some other way — and that I think you said you are going to try this, too. Sounds intriguing.”

The president led most of his scientific queries at the briefing to Bill Bryan, the acting undersecretary of Technology and Science at the Department of Homeland Security, who described recent research on how the coronavirus effect on surfaces.

However, Bryan said the study didn’t analyze sunlight as a potential therapy, including that the work had not been peer-reviewed and that its findings should not detract from federal guidance issued by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — such as social distancing along with other mitigation steps.

“It would be irresponsible for us to state that we believe that the summer is simply going to completely kill the virus, which it’s a free-for-all, and that individuals ignore this advice,” Bryan explained. “That is not the case.”

Trump also pressed Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response planner, on whether”the warmth and the light” could help heal COVID-19 patients. “Not as a treatment. I mean fever — is a good thing. It helps your body react, Whenever you have a fever. But maybe not as — I have not seen light or heat,” Birx said.

The White House on Friday morning revised its official transcript of Thursday’s news conference to edit that particular trade between Trump and Birx, after inaccurate coverage in its initial record of the briefing she had agreed with the president. “This really is a remedy,” Birx was quoted as stating in the first variant of the transcript, before the record was modified to reflect her actual statements.