Dear Commons Community,
There are all types of absurdities in Donald Trump’s comments and statements. Democrats lambast him for them while Republicans will say well that is Trump being Trump. Yesterday he made a comment suggesting that we test whether injecting disinfectants into our bodies will stave off the coronavirus. This is not only absurd but patently dangerous.
In response, Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser warned people against using disinfectants to treat the coronavirus.
“Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the company said.
Trump said researchers should try to apply their findings to coronavirus patients by inserting light or disinfectant into their bodies.
“Is there a way we can do something like that by injection, inside, or almost a cleaning?” he said. “It would be interesting to check that.”
Reckitt said due to recent speculation and social media activity, it had been asked whether internal usage of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus.
The Environmental Protection Agency also reminded people to only use disinfectant on surfaces.
In a statement issued several hours before Trump spoke, the EPA said, “Never apply the product to yourself or others. Do not ingest disinfectant products.”
Medical professionals were also quick to dispute Trump’s claims as “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”
“This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous,” said Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonologist, global health policy expert and an NBC News and MSNBC contributor.
“It’s a common method that people utilize when they want to kill themselves,” Gupta added.
God help America. Please!