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A Kansas man drank an extremely toxic cleaning product after President Trump wondered aloud during a press briefing if disinfectants could be injected into people, WHDH reports. And according to the Kansas Poison Control Center, cases involving household cleaning products have jumped by 40 percent.
There’s no word on the man’s condition at present, but Lee Norman, a Kansas health official, said the man drank the product after being advised he should do so. It’s unclear if the man was following Trump’s suggestion, but he did this just days after Trump suggested “it would be interesting to check” if injecting disinfectants can stop COVID-19 from doing a “tremendous number on the lungs.”
Health officials are warning the public that drinking disinfectants can be dangerous and potentially fatal, and Trump’s remarks spurred Reckitt Benckiser, the parent company of Lysol disinfectant to issue a statement.
“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).”