İrem UZUN -TDO- During Thursday's White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump dangerously suggested that ingesting disinfectant could possibly be used to treat people who have the virus. After Bill Bryan, the acting undersecretary of science and technology for the Department of Homeland Security, said disinfectants like bleach and isopropyl alcohol quickly killed the virus, Trump asked whether disinfectants could be used to treat the virus in humans, whether there is "a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning".
In an official statement, the White House press secretary said the president had repeatedly told Americans to consult doctors about the coronavirus treatment. However, several doctors and medical experts warned the public against injecting disinfectant or using UV light as a coronavirus treatment. Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former labor secretary tweeted that “Trump’s briefings are actively endangering the public’s health. Boycott the propaganda. Listen to the experts. And please don’t drink disinfectant”.
On the other hand, disinfectant producers have also issued warnings not to use their products to treat coronavirus. Reckitt Benckiser, which owns Lysol and Dettol, said "under no circumstance" should its products be injected or ingested. The manufacturer of Lysol issued a statemen, saying “... 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)”.
Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous for human body. Even the slightest external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.