Dettol are warning against injecting any form of disinfectants into your body after the US President Donald Trump suggested this could be used for coronavirus treatment.
Hours after the shocking press briefing, manufacturer RB, the company behind the Dettol and Lysol brands, are urging people not to try this.
In a statement RB said, “Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus.
“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 [through injection, ingestion or any other route].”
Parastou Donyai, director of pharmacy practice and professor of social and cognitive pharmacy at the University of Reading said, “What is shocking about these latest comments is that they completely bypass other important facts about injections too.
“Not only will home-made injections bruise, burn, or block the veins, they will almost certainly also introduce new infections straight into the body, the very thing people are desperate to avoid.
“People worried about the coronavirus or Covid-19 should seek help from a qualified doctor or pharmacist, and not take unfounded and off-the-cuff comments as actual advice.”
President Trump told reporters at the daily White House press briefing on Thursday, that US researchers are looking into the effects of disinfectants.
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Trump added, coronavirus “does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
He then told reporters, “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute!
“And is there a way we can do something, by an 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.
“So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”
Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley said on Twitter, “Trump’s briefings are actively endangering the public’s health.
“Boycott the propaganda. Listen to the experts. And please don’t drink disinfectant.”