Disinfectant Makers Warning Against Using Products As COVID-19 Treatment


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Hours after President Donald Trump floated the idea that disinfectants could be used as a possible treatment in the body for COVID-19, a maker of disinfecting products is warning against it.

"Then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by 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 would be interesting to check that," President Trump said at a press briefing on Thursday.

Now, Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the maker of Lysol and Dettol, have released a statement saying they've "been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus."

RB says "under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route)."

According to the Washington Post, many doctors have said that using disinfectants in the human body is "dangerous."

Dr. Ryan Marino, with University Hospitals in Cleveland, told the Washington Post that this suggestion from the president "is a new low that is outside the realms of common sense or plausibility."

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