Gov. Hogan: Hundreds of calls came into emergency hotline asking if it was right to ingest disinfectants

Posted at 11:11 AM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 12:37:00-04

MARYLAND — Gov. Larry Hogan said they have received numerous calls looking for guidance following President Trump’s comments on disinfectants.

President Donald Trump suggested in his Thursday briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force that sunlight, high humidity or possibly an "injection" of "the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute" could be COVID-19 treatments.

He responded to backlash over the remarks on Friday saying that he was being sarcastic.

"This has been important to me from day one, communicating, very clearly on the facts, because people listen to these press conferences they listen when the governor holds a press conference and they certainly, pay attention when the president of the United States is standing there giving a press conference," Gov. Hogan said on ABC's "This Week."

"We had hundreds of calls come in to our emergency hotline at our health department asking if it was -- if it was right to ingest Clorox or, you know, alcohol cleaning products, whether that was going to help them fight the virus, so we had to put out that warning to make sure that people we're not doing something like that which would kill people," Hogan added.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency also warned that “under no circumstance” should disinfectants be ingested.