Global Health & Hygiene Product Makers Reckitt Benckiser released a statement Friday (April 24), confirming that disinfectants like Lysol and Dettol are not capable of treating Coronavirus.
“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),” RB said in the statement. “As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines.”
RB has requested the citizens to read the label for safety information and other details before they use them in any other manner. Being a responsible product manufacturer, they found it important to inform consumers about the accurate use of the products as advised by the health experts.
The clarification came following US President Donald Trump’s claims that indicated possibilities of the virus to be treated by ingesting or injecting these disinfectants.
“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump claimed during the task force briefing on Thursday. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets inside the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
As the claims of disinfectants having the ability to combat COVID-19 came from the president himself, it was likely to impact the U.S. population, which made the release of a statement from the makers essential. After the revelations came up, doctors too took to social media to warn people and ensure they do not use any kind of disinfectant to treat the infection. The Washington Post reported the director of global health in emergency medicine New York, Craig Spencer, saying that his concern is that the people in the United States will consider the idea as “good” and they may harm themselves, which may also lead to their death.
Meanwhile, President Trump has also been found advocating the use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to combat COVID-19 though there has been no scientific evidence regarding its effectiveness yet.