The world’s biggest manufacturer of disinfectants has issued a stark rebuttal of President Trump’s suggestion that injecting them could help treat coronavirus.
Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the makers of Dettol and Lysol, warns against any internal use of the products.
“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 a statement.
The statement adds that disinfectant and hygiene products “should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines”.
Meanwhile, the White House says the media has “irresponsibly” taken President Donald Trump’s comments on injecting disinfectant into the human body to treat coronavirus “out of context”.
At a briefing on Thursday, Trump hypothesised about using disinfectants or ultraviolet light inside the body as a treatment. His comments which have been widely criticised by doctors.
Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous if ingested.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: “President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasised again during yesterday’s briefing.
“Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”