Trump's controversial comments regarding treatment for the coronavirus has left law officials, disinfectant businesses, health officials and more scrambling to ensure that the public does not attempt to self-cure with harmful products.
At a televised briefing yesterday, Trump promoted coronavirus treatment with disinfectants, light and heat. Neither of these treatments have been proven to be successful and no health department has announced testing of such treatments for or on people.
The manufacturers of popular disinfectant brands, such as Lysol, have told consumers not to use their products as a treatment for COVID-19.
Although Trump did not explicitly tell the public that disinfectant was a cure that is safe for humans, he did say that the testing of light and disinfectants as a cure for COVID-19 sounds interesting to him.
Trump is known for his controversial comments and his disregard for the influence his statements have on the public. Such comments have been linked to an increase in the public’s mistreatment of themselves or other members of society. However, suggesting and showing interest in the cleaning products as a possible cure for COVID-19, may do more damage to the public than good.
Cleaning products are known to be lethal when ingested by humans.
Since Trump's statements yesterday a representative from the White House stated:
"President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing."
Lysol’s parent company, Reckitt Benckiser, released the following statement:
There are no further developments.