PHN Explores: Drinking, bathing in, or injecting yourself with bleach can be deadly—and it won’t cure COVID-19, no matter what anyone says (From Popular Science)

PHN Content By Mat Edelson


If We Had Written the Headline

Don’t inject bleach. For anything. Ever.

Why You Should Care

If for no other reason than injecting or swallowing disinfectants such as bleach can severely injure or kill you.


What's New(s)

Turns out disinfectant (including bleach) preparations have been sold worldwide for years as a “cure” for everything from acne to cancer. There’s absolutely no science backing these malicious claims, but plenty of calls to 911 and poison control centers proving their often-deadly effects.

In fact, (see “Related Stories” below) calls to state hotlines have soared in the wake of President Trump’s comments (he later called them “sarcastic”) suggesting that, since disinfectants work to remove Covid-19 from solid surfaces, “is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?”

Given all this, it seems a very good time to point out the very real dangers of putting disinfectants on or in your body.


Story Source

Popular Science, April 24, 2020 by Rachel Feltman. See the story


Story Expert

World Health Organization (see their Covid-19 mythbusters page)

Bonus Biscuit

Here’s a Cleveland ER doc’s take on the subject: Trump’s inject disinfectant coronavirus tips don’t match up with the science  (Source: NBC News op-ed, April 26, 2020, by Dr. Ryan Marino)

Related Stories

Georgia men drink disinfectants in attempts to stop coronavirus (Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 27, 2020, by Johnny Edwards)

COVID-19 Update: Maryland Emergency Hotline Calls Surge After Trump’s Disinfectant Comment (Source: International Business Times, April 24, 2020, by Rachel Cruise)