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Emergency calls increase after Trump disinfectant suggestion

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency warned residents not to inject or ingest disinfectant following president Trump’s comments on Thursday.

Emergency calls increase after Trump disinfectant suggestion

On Thursday during the White House daily briefing on the coronavirus update president Donald Trump suggested using disinfectant as a potential treatment for the virus and later on Friday he said it was only a joke that everyone took it serious,.

A spokesman for Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said the agency received more than 100 calls about disinfectant and Covid-19. Maryland emergency officials are warning state residents not to inject or ingest disinfectant after more than 100 people called the state’s emergency hotline regarding questions about disinfectant use and COVID-19.

“We have received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and Covid-19. This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route,” Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MDMEMA) tweeted.

“We decided to take the step of posting this alert after receiving more than 100 calls to our hotline,” Mike Ricci, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration.

Trump came under scrutiny from medical experts, elected officials and private companies who quickly warned Americans not to ingest chemicals. Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Administrator Scott Gottleib said there’s “no circumstance” where an individual should inject themselves with a disinfectant, while the company that makes Lysol issued a statement warning against ingesting its products.

Medical experts and the makers of this disinfectants also released a statement saying that no one should follow president Trump’s suggestion and even said the symptoms that could occur if people consumed them.