Three Men Drink Disinfectant After Donald Trump’s Sarcastic Comment
Last week the US president said scientists should explore whether inserting light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected with Covid-19 might help them treat the respiratory illness caused by the virus.
After an outpour of disbelief and warnings over how this could be fatal and very dangerous on social media, be medical practitioners and different press outlets, Trump said his comments were “sarcastic”.
The director of the Georgia Poison Centre reported that two men had drunk cleaning products over the weekend.
Gaylord Lopez said both men, who had histories of psychiatric problems, are expected to recover.
However, the director said he has no idea if the men drank the chemicals because they heard Trump’s statements during a White House briefing last week, where he wondered aloud if injecting disinfectant into the lungs could treat the virus according to The Daily Mail.
In Kansas, state health officer Dr. Lee Norman mentioned a similar case at a press briefing on Monday as he revealed that the Kansas Poison Control Center has seen a more than 40 percent increase in cleaning chemical cases.
Norman said that a man, who was not identified, ‘drank a product because of the advice he’d received’ but did not specify the source of the advice.
Trump once again addressed the matter again at a briefing on Monday when asked by a reporter about ‘Maryland and other states’ where governors say they’ve seen a spike in people misusing disinfectant.
He replies that he refuses to take responsibility for the wrong interpretation of the comment he made.
However, this will not be the first time people are being misinformed by the President’s sarcastic comments.
Gary Lenius died and his wife Wanda was left in critical condition after they took chloroquine phosphate, confusing it with hydroxychloroquine.
The duo said they were sick and when they saw Trump’s comment about the medications, they took them.
Medical practitioners have constantly warned that there is no cure for coronavirus yet, hence, all self-medication should stop and disinfectants should never be taken as it kills.