I’m a toxicologist. Here’s why Trump’s disinfectant tips scared the hell out of me.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump suggested that disinfectant products could perhaps be “injected” or put inside human bodies in order to treat COVID-19. (Trump backtracked the next day, saying that his “off-the-cuff” comments at an official press conference were sarcasm.)I have seen some of the most far-fetched and self-destructive actions that people will do to themselves by ingesting different toxins.As an emergency physician and a medical toxicologist (a doctor who treats poisoned patients), I have seen some of the most far-fetched and self-destructive actions that people will do to themselves by injecting, consuming or otherwise ingesting different toxins. The reports I’ve seen and heard in the media and on cable news scare the hell out of me.There is no need to test this hypothesis since we know that disinfectants kill human cells and can make people extremely sick or perhaps cause them to die.Most households harbor disinfectants stored in a cupboard somewhere. The products we use to clean kitchen counters after contact with raw meat, our toilets, and in our current pandemic, likely many more surfaces.Get the think newsletter.But the way that chemical disinfectants work to kill viruses and bacteria is the destruction of the building blocks of all living