Donnie has people taking his suggestions for real and as a result, New York has reportedly seen a spike in cases involving people ingesting household cleaners.
Even though White House officials say Trump’s suggestion of injecting disinfectant as a possible way to treat coronavirus patients was taken out of context, that didn’t stop at least 30 New Yorkers from allegeding doing what he said, according to New York Daily News.
The Poison Control Center, which is a subagency of the New York City’s Health Department, managed a total of 30 cases of possible exposure to disinfectants between 9 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Friday, according to a spokesperson. That was recorded within an 18-hour period following Trump’s White House briefing.
That’s also reportedly an unusually high number for those types of calls. None of the people who called passed away or required hospitalization, according to the spokesperson.
According to data obtained by New York Daily News, the Poison Control Center only handled 13 similar cases in the same 18-hour period last year.
To get into the details, out of the cases reported between Thursday and Friday, nine were specifically about possible exposure to Lysol. Also, 10 were in regards to bleach and 11 about household cleaners in general, the spokesperson said.
Comparing it to last year’s 18-hour period, there were no cases reported about Lysol exposure and only two were about bleach, according to the data.
You can watch Trump’s initial comments below:
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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh ___ For today’s daily briefing on the coronavirus, Donald Trump had some ideas about how to treat COVID-19 patients and let’s just say, it’s a real head scratcher. ___ Trump suggested the possibility of an “injection” of disinfectant into a person infected with the virus as a coronavirus deterrent, according to @NBCNews. ___ Trump made the remark after Bill Bryan, a Department of Homeland Security official who leads the department’s Science and Technology division, gave a presentation on research his team has conducted that shows the virus doesn’t live as long in warmer and more humid temperatures. Bryan said, “the virus dies quickest in sunlight.” ___ “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning,” Trump said during the briefing, speaking to his health officials. “As you see it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous–click the link in our bio to read more. (????: @foxnews)
On Friday afternoon, following widespread criticism from medical experts, Trump tried to walk back his dangerous suggestion by claiming it was a joke.
“I said it sarcastically,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Despite Trump’s alleged sarcasm defense, health and emergency agencies took his comments seriously and warned people against listening to the president.
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