Weeks after two people drank aquarium cleaner because they thought one of its ingredients was a drug touted by President Donald Trump to be a cure for the virus, the President once again speculated on a possible cure in a briefing designed to assure Americans with facts.
After Acting Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology William Bryan pointed out the effectiveness of disinfectant in removing the virus from shared surfaces like kitchen counters, the President wondered aloud about the possibility of using disinfectant on humans through injections.
"I see the disinfectant knocks it out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that? By injection inside or almost a cleaning? Cause you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it'd be interesting to check that. You're gonna have to use medical doctors, right? But it sounds interesting to me."
In case you weren't aware, injecting bleach or isopropyl alcohol or any topical disinfectant is highly dangerous and often deadly. But with the leader of the free world suggesting it as a possibility, the warning bears repeating.
The makers of popular disinfectants like Lysol and Dettol agreed, and warned the public not to ingest or inject toxic chemicals, despite what the President of the United States may say.
RB, which owns Lysol and Dettol, wrote in a statement:
"Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB...has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment...We must be clear that under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route)."
People rolled their eyes at the level the discourse has reached.
Some began likening Trump to the cult leader Jim Jones, who convinced his followers to drink poisonous Kool-Aid.
It bears repeating: Don't drink bleach.
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