The company which makes Dettol has urged people not to try injecting disinfectants as a way of treating Covid-19 after Donald Trump said “it would be interesting to check that”.
During his latest press conference, the US president noted that researchers were looking at the effects of disinfectants on the virus and wondered aloud if they could be injected into people, saying the virus “does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that”.
Hours later disinfectant manufacturer RB, the company behind the Dettol and Lysol brands, issued a statement saying:
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 for 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).”