This news may seem like a joke, complete ridiculousness, but hours after the President of the United States, Donald Trump, declared that injecting or consuming disinfectant could serve to treat the coronavirus, nearly one hundred cases of disinfectant poisonings were reported throughout the nation, and in the early afternoon of Monday, April 27, there were more than 300.
Even though the President backed down and said he was “being sarcastic,” many people took him at his word, as in New York, one of the cities most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, where around thirty calls were reported emergency centers related to exposure to bleach (10 calls), Lysol disinfectant (9 cases), and 11 other cleaners intoxicated in 18 hours on Friday of last week.
Although it was not specified what type of exposure there was in the aforementioned cases, it is known that fortunately, none of the people required hospitalization, and there were no deaths either.
Due to this misunderstanding, the manufacturers of the Lysol disinfectant had to issue a statement ensuring that no one, under any circumstances, should ingest their products.
MISUSE OF DISINFECTANTS
Due to recent speculation and activity on social media, RB (the makers of Lysol and Dettol) were asked if internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for research or use as a treatment for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV- 2).
As a world leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that in no case should our disinfectant products be administered to the human body (by injection, ingestion, or any other route). As with all products, our sanitizers and sanitizers should only be used as intended and in accordance with usage guidelines. Read the label and safety information.
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Physician Craig Spencer, who specializes in global health at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, told The Washington Post that he is concerned that more people will follow the advice and die from it. “There will be those who think it is a good idea,” he said.
And it is that, whether he said it sarcastically or not, President Donald Trump should be aware of his statements and the followers he has.