New York – The New York Poison Control Center received about thirty calls Friday related to exposure to bleach, Lysol and other cleaning products shortly after President Donald Trump’s remarks in which he suggested the injection of these vein products may help treat the coronavirus.
According to data provided to Efe, the department handled by phone nine cases for exposure to Lysol, ten related to bleach and eleven with other household cleaning products in a period of 18 hours before three in the afternoon on Friday .
The Poison Control Center does not specify what type of exposure there was in these cases, whether it was due to skin contact or ingested, but it does report that none required admission to a hospital or led to any death.RELATED
The Center’s data shows a significant increase compared to those handled in the same 18-hour period in 2019, in which two cases related to bleach and thirteen related to household cleaning products were handled.
The cases of this Friday occur despite the chain reaction of the scientific community to Trump’s comments on Thursday, which have made his voice of rejection heard.
Manufacturers of disinfectants used in millions of homes, especially during the pandemic’s scourge, have also issued statements ensuring that their products should not be consumed.
Reckitt Benckiser, the British company that makes the household disinfectant Lysol, in a statement this Friday referred to “recent speculation and social media activity” to deny that it can be ingested or injected.
“As global leaders in hygiene and health products we must make it clear that under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be administered inside the human body (whether by injection, ingestion or any other route,” the company said.
Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the government Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a member of the White House working group on COVID-19, said for his part that he “certainly would not recommend ingesting a disinfectant.” .
Craig Spencer, a global health doctor at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said he is concerned “with people dying from this.”
“There will be those who think it is a good idea,” he added in an interview with The Washington Post. Trump’s suggestion “is not a small thing, something said in passing, an idea that perhaps this will work. It is dangerous,” he added.