As state leaders weigh the best options for moving forward, many have turned their attention to possible treatments. The World Health Organization recently said the world is “weeks to months” away from knowing which drugs will work against the virus.
In a briefing this week, Trump suggested the possibility of ingesting disinfectants to protect people from the virus — and since then, companies and health officials issued warnings urging Americans not to do so.
Reckitt Benckiser — the company behind Lysol and Dettol — issued a statement Friday after “recent speculation and social media activity.”
“Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the company said.
A similar warning came from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Household cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly. Follow the instructions on the product label to ensure safe and effective use,” the CDC tweeted.