Lysol Producer: Don't Ingest or Inject Product "Under Any Circumstances"
The British company that produces Lysol has responded to President Trump's disinfectant comments.
The British company that produces Lysol and many other household cleaning products, Reckitt Benckiser Group, made clear in a public statement released Friday morning that consumers should not ingest or inject Lysol into the human body. The statement comes just hours after President Donald Trump suggested that disinfectants should be "injected inside" people as a possible "cleaning" solution once the COVID-19 virus gets insides one's lungs.
"I see the disinfectant… Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, or almost a cleaning," Trump said during Thursday night's regular briefing from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. "Because, you see, it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it'd be interesting to check that … But it sounds interesting to me."
On Friday morning, Reckitt Benckiser Group released a statement that made clear that people should not inject or ingest any of their disinfecting products, saying, "Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route)."
Here's their full statement below:
Improper use of Disinfectants
Due to recent speculation and social media activity, RB (the makers of Lysol and Dettol) has been asked whether internal administration of disinfectants may be appropriate for investigation or use as a treatment for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
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). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.
We have a responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts. For this and other myth-busting facts, please visit Covid-19facts.com.
Again to be clear, the ingesting or injection of any household disinfectant to fight COVID-19, or any malady for that matter, is not safe in any circumstances. Even using disinfectant wipes on the skin is dangerous. "The wipes are meant to disinfect hard surfaces—they're not meant to put on the skin because it can be harmful," Eudene Harry, MD, the medical director for Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center in Orlando, Florida, previously told Best Life. And for more dangerous information to avoid, check out 21 Coronavirus Myths You Need to Stop Believing, According to Doctors.