The makers of Lysol, one of the nation’s largest cleaning and disinfecting brands, and emergency managers in Maryland have warned the public not to inject or ingest disinfectants as a coronavirus treatment a day after President Donald Trump speculated about another possible treatment for COVID-19: injecting disinfectants.
Parent company Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Lysol and Dettol, said in a statement on its website Friday: “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).”
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency also warned against dangerous disinfectant use in a Friday tweet after the agency received “several calls.”
“This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route,” the tweet says.
At Thursday’s press briefing, Bill Bryan, an undersecretary of science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, said preliminary findings show bleach and isopropyl alcohol as effective in killing the virus on surfaces. The finding prompted Trump to say later in the briefing, “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.”