- Business Insider 07:40April 28, 2020Trump says he 'can't imagine why' there was a spike in calls to emergency hotlines in several states after he 'sarcastically' mused about injecting disinfectant to cure the coronavirusWin McNamee/Getty Images President Donald Trump mused aloud that experts should look into the possibility of treating the coronavirus with ultraviolet light in the body and injecting disinfectants during a coronavirus press briefing last week.
The president later claimed the suggestion was sarcastic.
Officials in Maryland and Michigan reported a spike in calls to emergency hotlines following Trump's comments. Illinois also saw a spike in calls to poison control centers.
When asked if he claimed responsibility for the spike in poison control calls, Trump said he "can't imagine why" it happened.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump says he "can't imagine why" there was a spike in calls to emergency hotlines and poison control centers after he suggested injecting household cleaners could be a coronavirus cure.
"I see the disinfectant where it knocks [the coronavirus] out in a minute," Trump said during the coronavirus press briefing. "One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? So it'd be interesting to check that."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yetSee Also:White House aides want Trump to talk only about the economy in public, as disastrous coronavirus briefings are thought to hurt his reelection chancesTrump has taken up 60% of White House coronavirus briefings, dedicating much of his time to attacks and false information, analysis showsTrump's commencement speech is requiring 1,000 West Point cadets return to campus for graduation amid the coronavirus pandemic
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- Business Insider 14:08April 24, 2020Bleach manufacturers have warned people not to inject themselves with disinfectant after Trump wrongly suggested it may cure the coronavirusGetty A bleach manufacturer is urging people not to consume disinfectant after President Donald Trump suggested it may help cure the coronavirus.
Trump told a press briefing on Thursday that disinfectant could be injected into the bodies of patients infected with COVID-19 as a potential treatment.
Medical experts condemned his comments as dangerous and irresponsible.
RB, which manufactures bleach-based disinfectants in Europe, issued a statement warning their customers not to inject, or otherwise consume their products, under any circumstances.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A leading manufacturer of disinfectants has issued an urgent statement warning its customers not to attempt to inject themselves with bleach "under any circumstances" after President Trump wrongly claimed that it may be useful in treating the coronavirus.
Trump suggested at a press briefing on Thursday that disinfectant could potentially be used internally to treat coronavirus patients.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a buttonSee Also:Doctors are lining up to attack Trump for suggesting that injecting disinfectant might help fight the coronavirusThe Wisconsin GOP's treasurer asked people attending an anti-lockdown rally to 'please leave Confederate flags' and guns at home to 'try to control the optics'Black Americans are disproportionately losing their jobs but overwhelmingly support social distancing policies, according to a new poll
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- Business Insider 22:42February 21, 2020More than 100 wild animals died from poisoning in a mass die-off seemingly triggered by coronavirus disinfectantSTR/AFP via Getty Images More than 100 wild animals were found dead in a Chinese megacity and tests show that they were poisoned by the disinfectant that's being used to combat the coronavirus.
At least 17 species of animals, including wild boar, weasels, and blackbirds, were affected by the mass die-off.
Nanchong Stray Animal Rescue claims that authorities are killing domesticated animals outright amid fears that they can spread the coronavirus.
Animal activists shared distressing footage on Weibo: bloodied animals, a man hitting a dog with a stick, and an officer poking a lifeless dog.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Animals are the latest victims of the coronavirus crisis in mainland China.
Amid a scramble to control the spread of COVID-19, Chinese authorities believe, based on samples and tests, that at least 135 wild animals were poisoned by disinfectants being used to curb the illness, United Press International said based on reports from China's state-owned news agency Xinhua.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The reason some men go bald, according to a dermatologistSee Also:The coronavirus death toll has reached 2,250, with more than 76,000 infected. Here's everything we know about the outbreak.We combed through dozens of new studies on the coronavirus. The research suggests 80% of cases are mild, but the epidemic could 'rebound.'The biggest breakdown yet of novel coronavirus cases suggests that 80% are mild. Some patients never show symptoms.
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