By Chris York
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The company that makes Dettol has urged people not to try injecting disinfectants to treat coronavirus after US president Donald Trump said it “would be interesting to check that”.
Manufacturer RB was forced to issue the extraordinary statement a day after the leader of the free world was accused of “actively endangering the public’s health” in his latest press briefing.
Referring to research that found isopropyl alcohol is more effective than bleach at killing the virus, Trump said: “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute.
“One minute! And is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Is there a way we can do something like that by injection, inside, or almost a cleaning?”
RB, the company behind the Dettol and Lysol brands, issued a statement on Friday 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.”
Senior US officials have already had to clarify that there were no plans to inject disinfectant into Americans and experts lambasted the idea wholesale.