RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/KRON) – The Virginia Poison Control reports an increase in exposures to household cleaners and disinfectants amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Data provided by the Virginia Poison Control to 8News shows that from January to March of this year, the poison control saw a 10 percent increase regarding exposures to household cleaners compared to last year.
“However, within this large group of chemicals, there was a 45 percent increase in exposures to bleach products, 29 percent increase to disinfectants and 26 percent increase to hand dishwashing products,” Director of the Virginia Poison Center, Rutherfoord Rose said.
Lysol’s manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, issued a statement warning consumers about the improper use of disinfectants after President Donald Trump on Thursday said it would be “interesting” for researchers to see if inserting disinfectant into patients’ bodies could help treat the virus, calling it “almost a cleaning.”
“Then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, or almost a cleaning because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it will be interesting to check that. That you’re gonna have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me,” said Trump at the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing on Thursday.
Reckitt Benckiser warned consumers not to do so, saying in the statement that it had a responsibility to help with “myth-busting.”
“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,” the company said on its website.
Reckitt Benckiser did not refer to Trump specifically in its warning, but said it had issued the warning after “recent speculation and social media activity.”
According to the statement, “As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines … We have a responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts.”