Disinfectants, Untested Drugs: COVID Life Lessons

Can disinfectant prevent covid?
Suzanne B. Robotti
Suzanne B. Robotti Executive Director

Can disinfectant prevent COVID-19? Despite what is said in news conferences, on the internet or on TV, you have to use your own judgment. You hear a person you trust — a President, a blogger, a newscaster — suggest a cure that you haven’t heard before. The suggestion is something scientists advise against or warn that they have no information. But you believe this person and you’re scared of the disease. So you do it. And who suffers the side effects? Not the authority figure, you do. You suffer the consequences, so before you do it, think hard.

President Trump suggested that ingesting a household disinfectant might be a preventative for COVID-19. “One should never ingest, let alone inject, any household disinfectant. These are toxic chemicals that are only for topical use on household surfaces. They can lead to serious side effects and even cause death,” stated MedShadow Board member, Eileen Hoffman, MD, Internist in NYC.

If you drink or otherwise ingest a disinfectant you are likely to hurt yourself. You could die. Clorox, Lysol and other disinfectants sitting around in your cabinets are not meant for humans. That’s it. Period.

Hydroxycholoroquine and chloroquine were proposed as a potential cure for COVID-19 on national news by our President. He was quoted as saying “The nice part is, it’s been around for a long time, so we know that if it—if things don’t go as planned, it’s not going to kill anybody.” Not actually true, both drugs are known to cause heart problems and can lead to heart attacks.

A couple in Arizona heard this advice and swallowed a teaspoon of chloroquine phosphate mixed with soda in an effort to ward off Covid-19. The woman had chloroquine phosphate at home to use with her koi fish. The man died and the woman is recovering after being in critical condition.

It takes a long time, years, for a new drug to be approved. Scientists are required to prove that drugs are safe and effective. Save, because what’s the point of surviving COVID-19 to simply die of a heart attack a few weeks later brought on by the medicine that cured you?  Effective, because even have several years of testing as few as 25% of drugs that made it to the final stage are found to be less effective than a placebo — taking nothing.

Eat whole foods. Drink a lot of water. Exercise. Consult with your doctor before taking any drugs. But at the end of the day, you live with the outcome of taking a drug. So ask questions, read more than one point of view, call your doctor, think carefully. Because all those people giving out advice for free? They aren’t going to suffer — you are.