By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Trump and his medical advisors in their recent appearance on MSNBC.
Calls to poison centers are on the rise, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments at a recent press conference on coronavirus. Forbes reported that the calls to poison centers saw a spike after President Trump said words to the effect of using disinfectants in experimental ways to treat the coronavirus. He said words to the effect of considering “injection of disinfectants” as a potential treatment. Trump’s comments verbatim were broadcast via NBC during a regularly-scheduled coronavirus briefing. He was directing his interests regarding further coronavirus exploration to Bill Bryan, a leader of the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology division.
“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked because of the testing. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too
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,” said President Trump on live NBC broadcast.
The danger of this comment came when the president did not specify what types of disinfectants were being researched in an injection-based way. It is apparent that some Americans mistook this to mean household disinfectants such as Lysol cleaners, which are toxic to inject or ingest.
The alleged spike in calls were made to New York’s Center for Poison Control.
The calls were said to have been made due to exposure to household disinfectant cleaners at a toxic level.
Maryland Emergency Management Agency likewise tweeted regarding a spike in disinfectants abuse.
“ALERT: We have received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and #COVID19.
This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route, “wrote Maryland Emergency Management Agency in a direct response to the misconstrued comments from the coronavirus briefing that was posted to Twitter at 11:24 am on April 24.
NBC also interviewed Dr. Vin Gupta, who is a pulmonologist and a global health policy expert. He is a regular contributor to NBC and MSNBC news projects. Gupta noted that chemical disinfectant injection is a common form of suicide.
“This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous. It’s a common method that people utilize when they want to kill themselves.”
In response to the dangerous misinformation, Lysol released a statement regarding safe use of their products, and completely forbidding the use of their products internally.
In another post, NBC shared the comments of Lysol spokesperson Reckitt Benckiser, which is the United Kingdom based owner of the Lysol product line.
“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).
As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information,” the statement continued, adding that the company believes it has a “responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts,” said Benckiser, in a statement to NBC News.