Don’t Inject Disinfectant

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Don’t Inject Disinfectant

Seriously, don’t.

At a press conference on Thursday, Trump pondered out loud in a sort of free associative way that bringing “light inside the body” and injecting or consuming disinfectant are ways to stop the coronavirus.

So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked because of the testing. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too.

I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.

As a friendly reminder, disinfectants are poisonous and will likely kill you if you inject them. It says so right on the bottles. As for the light idea, no one has any idea what he was talking about. He is the stupidest person ever to occupy the White House.

Reckitt Benckiser, the United Kingdom-based owner of Lysol, had to issue a statement about not administering disinfectants internally.

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

News media… please stop airing these press conferences live. He’s going to get people killed.