The director of the US Institute of Public Health in the state of Illinois said there had
been a significant increase in disinfectant poisoning in the past two days.
She added that this coincided with US President Donald Trump's advice on injecting
disinfectants to prevent COVID-19. Trump then said he did not share advice, but was
just being sarcastic.
The director said they had received patients who were using detergents to wash their
sinuses, while one person was gargling with mouthwash and bleach to destroy the
On Thursday Trump posed the question as to whether ultraviolet rays and
disinfectants, which are poisonous, could be used to treat the coronavirus. The
doctor instantly rejected Trump’s advice at the press conference.