Maryland sent out an emergency alert after receiving more than 100 calls on consuming disinfectant as a possible treatment to COVID-19, according to the governor’s office.
The calls came after President Donald Trump suggested using a disinfectant.
“I see the disinfectant that 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? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that,” Trump said Thursday at the White House briefing.
By Friday, he said that he was “sarcastically” asking a question.
Some Maryland residents, however, still dialed the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to ask about disinfectant use.
“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 agency tweeted.
Doctors also say that no one should consume disinfectant.
Mike Ricci, the communications director for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, said the state “decided to take the step of posting this alert after receiving more than 100 calls to our hotline.”
DISINFECTANT. A message from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency: https://t.co/47t1DBRF9u
— Mike Ricci (@riccimike) April 24, 2020