The emergency services and companies in the sector warn that the president’s words cannot be taken literally. Maryland receives more than 100 calls interested in the healing properties of detergent tablets.
On Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump, in his daily press conference on the evolution of the coronavirus crisis, the president wondered if it would not be a good idea to inject disinfectant into the body of the COVID-19 patients or hit it with a “tremendous ultraviolet light”, given the effectiveness of both in eliminating the pathogen.
The scientific community has come out in a rush to alert the population against the danger of taking the President’s words at face value. And even the company Reckitt Benckiser (RB), maker of popular cleaning and disinfection products such as Lysol and Dettol, has issued a statement advising against such experiments: “Due to recent speculation and activity on social media, RB has been asked if the Internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for research or use as a treatment for coronavirus. As global leaders in health and hygiene products, we must make it clear that under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be administered to the human body, be it by injection, intake, or any other route, ”the statement said.
Maryland state emergency authorities have alerted citizens to ask them not to drink disinfectant, after receiving more than 100 calls asking about their possible use as a treatment for COVID-19. “This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfecting product be administered to the body, via ingestion, injection, or any other route,” the emergency agency has tweeted, without offering further details on what that “any other route” is.
The president himself has assured reporters this Friday that what he said was a joke. “I was asking the question sarcastically to journalists like you, just to see what was going on,” he said. But neither the context nor the tone seems to corroborate the official version offered a posteriori.