The US President Donald Trump said on Friday that his remarks on injecting disinfectant to treat coronavirus patients were “sarcastic.”
On Thursday President Trump told reporters at the White House press briefing that scientists should research into using light or disinfectant into the body to treat coronavirus.
After an onslaught of criticism from scientists and manufacturers who create disinfectant such a Dettol have hit out at Trump and told his suggestions were “extremely dangerous.”
He said at an Oval Office event, “I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.”
Journalist pressed hard on Trump over his comments, said he was not telling people to inject disinfectant.
The President said, “I do think that disinfectant on the hands could have a very good effect.
“Sun and heat, and humidity wipe it out. And this is from tests they’ve been doing these tests for … a number of months.
“And the result, so then I said, “Well, how do we do it inside the body or even outside the body with the hands and disinfectant I think would work.”
Dettol have warned against injecting any form of disinfectants into your body, after 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].”