Lysol, Doctors Urge Public Not To Consume Disinfectant

The makers of Lysol say under no circumstances should their disinfectant products be injected or ingested into the body, after the President suggested a shot of cleaning solution could clean out your lungs of 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)” said the maker of Lysol, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, in a statement.

“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said in his Thursday press conference. “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.”

While disinfectants certainly are effective in killing the virus, they also kill everything else including the cells of your body.

“Please do not take any of these disinfectants inside the body. That’s dangerous,” says Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University.  “Disinfectants inside are injurious. That generates calls to the poison control center, so we don’t want to do that.”

The California Poison Control Center reported no calls from people ingesting disinfectant as of early Friday morning, but reaffirmed that the suggestion was shocking and dangerous.

While the idea of a solution as instant and widespread as disinfectant does have a certain allure, doctors say we have other tools to fight the virus and we need to give them time to work.

“We still have to practice social distancing, we still have to wear masks. But you tie together masks, social distancing and the changes that happen in the summer out of doors, and I think we will be on offense against this virus,” says Dr. David Agus, professor of medicine and engineering at USC and CBS News medical contributor. “My hope is we’re going to get significantly decreased cases over the summer.”

The president also suggests flooding the body with UV light might help, something members of his own virus task force were wary of. It is suggested that higher temperatures and humidity may kill the virus more quickly but health officials say that does not mean we can let down our guard this summer.