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FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Experts quickly refuted U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that injections or ingestion of disinfectants might protect people against the new coronavirus, including the British company that makes Lysol disinfectant.
"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)," Reckitt Benckiser said in a statement, CNN reported.
The company was responding to remarks made by Trump on Thursday.
"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning ... it would be interesting to check that," Trump said. "It sounds interesting to me," he added.
That's simply wrong, said Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN's chief medical correspondent.
Trump "also said it needs to be studied. Actually, it doesn't. I mean we know the answer to this one," he said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday. "I think everybody would know that that would be dangerous and counter-productive."
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strongly contradicted Trump.
"I certainly wouldn't recommend the internal ingestion of a disinfectant," Dr. Stephen Hahn told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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