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Companies Warn Against Using Disinfectants Internally

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 10:55:00-04

The manufacturer for Lysol issued a statement warning against any internal use.

In a news conference on Thursday, President Trump made statements about using an "injection" of disinfectant in the battle against the coronavirus. On Friday, he said that statement was sarcasm.

According to an article by NBC News Channel, "The company says it has been asked whether their product can be ingested as a treatment for COVID-19. In it's statement, the company was unequivocal stating in part, 'Under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route.'"

2 Works for You anchor Mike Brooks talked to Scott Schaeffer with the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information about this.

"If bleach or other types of disinfectants are injected into the body, we could see anything from some minor irritation in the veins to potentially a fairly significant chemical burn where it's injected," Schaeffer said. "And actually as it travels through the body, damage to other organs."

Schaeffer said the Poison Control Center hasn't received any calls about people doing this, but says he's heard talk from other centers where people called asking for instructions. He says, "do not inject bleach or other disinfectants under any circumstance."

"There's some talk among poison center directors that people have called asking for instructions or maybe some guidance on do we really need to do this, where do I get syringes or needles, how much do we inject," Schaeffer said. "So, there are people who have misunderstood the message, and obviously we're counseling them. Don't, don't put it in your body".

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