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Donald Trump Thinks Injecting Disinfectant Into People Could Kill COVID-19

Donald Trump is a disappointment in many ways, but he is very dependable in one sense: he always tops himself. Or lowers himself? Like, the bar for Trump is so low it’s at the center of the Earth. And yet, he keeps going even lower. Not only has his administration egregiously, shamefully failed to offer consistent leadership on battling COVID-19, but they have also in many ways encouraged the spread of the virus.

The president also promoted the incorrect and dangerous idea that hydroxychloroquine could cure the novel coronavirus, despite many medical experts coming out to explain that wasn’t true. How much worse could it get?

Well, at his press conference on Thursday, Trump floated the idea of shooting disinfectant into people’s veins to kill the virus.

“I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” he said. “Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.”

Extremely interesting. You go first, Mr. President. That was basically the response on Twitter, along with warnings not to ingest chemical cleaning liquids in any way:

He also suggested that scientists try using ultraviolet light or sunshine on the virus…inside people’s bodies.

Sort of like when your grandma would say that leaving sheets to dry outside makes them cleaner. I assume we’d have to cut people open to get their insides on the outside, but it makes sense otherwise.

Luckily, in these uncertain times, we still have brands to turn to. The makers of Lysol, Reckitt Benckiser, shared this statement via a spokesperson with NBC News:

“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). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”

They added that the company believes it has a “responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts.”

So, not our world leader, who is an expert in nothing whatsoever.