The impact it's had is utterly heartbreaking.
Keep scrolling for the shocking photos and reactions from those furious about the move...
Last week, President Trump caused shock and outrage across the nation.
via: GettyDuring a recent press conference, the President made some pretty dangerous claims about the deadly virus currently sweeping the globe.
The President discussed potential cures for the virus...
via: GettyAnd went on to bring up the topic of disinfectants.
He casually suggested that these disinfectants could, in some way, be "injected" into the body as a method of combatting the virus.
"I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute," he said. "Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that."
"The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injectio… https://t.co/9MMW0IcVCT— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1587680385.0
Even for Trump's standards, these claims are completely outrageous.
People are horrified that a man with such power and influence would offer such reckless and potentially deadly advice to his country.
If you’re wondering why @realDonaldTrump suggested injecting people with disinfectant to cure #COVID19 (or shining… https://t.co/spg73RH9zK— Cenk Uygur (@Cenk Uygur)1587693421.0
Since his shocking claims, medical experts have been frantically urging people to not inject themselves with chemicals.
If you are unwell, go to a doctor. By no means should you ever pump such harmful and toxic chemicals into your body.
Oh FFS please don’t do this. I don’t need the extra work. If you are sick call your doctor. Don’t self medicate. https://t.co/uBXIasVXio— Judy Melinek M.D. (@Judy Melinek M.D.)1587687568.0
And some people have already taken the President's advice...
Dr. Jonathan Spicer tweeted: "No joke - we had a patient swallow Lysol as a #disinfectant a couple of weeks ago to prevent [the virus] infection. He made it out of the hospital after his gastrectomy...This kind of nonsense is absolutely mind-blowing."
No joke - we had a patient swallow Lysol as a #disinfectant a couple of weeks ago to prevent COVID19 infection. He… https://t.co/qmJTLixiUS— Jonathan Spicer MD PhD (@Jonathan Spicer MD PhD)1587685953.0
Things have been getting seriously out of hand...
And now, British firm Reckitt Benckiser (RB), which manufactures the popular disinfectants, Dettol and Lysol, has been forced to issue a statement.
Wonder how many of the leaders followers will effectively commit suicide by injecting disinfectant. And can… https://t.co/Y2pcsziwDw— Mark lacey (@Mark lacey)1587688238.0
They have warned people against the use of their disinfectants as a remedy for the virus.
via: InvestingTheir statement read: "As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion, or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information." All cleared up?
The problem is that people aren't listening to the professionals...
via: GettyInstead, they're taking the President's words as fact, which has resulted in the biggest increase in poisonings from people mixing cleaning products and accidentally inhaling the fumes.
Last year, the poison center handled forty-nine product-mixing calls in March and April.
This year, since March 1 the center has had 115 calls.
Calls to poison control centers about bleach and lysol ingestion are way up. Here's the science of why ingesting th… https://t.co/epJNl8IFdH— nxthompson (@nxthompson)1588083841.0
This is putting further pressure on our healthcare workers who are already stretched thin.
via: TwitterThe sudden increase in calls has urged the U.S. Health and Human Services to transfer nearly $5 million to poison centers nationwide to improve response capabilities. The Georgia Poison Center will receive $148,000.
The so-called use of bleach and disinfectant in combatting the virus has now been seen in Spain...
Spanish government recently announced its 4-phase plan to lift lockdown measures.
Authorities in a Spanish coastal resort used tractors to spray
Officials in Zahara de los Atunes, near Cadiz, sprayed more than 2km (1.2 miles) of beach with a bleach solution a day before children were allowed back out.
Bleach sprayed on beach killing everything and destroying the environment. https://t.co/XsV0AlpcoA— Patrick Haugen (@Patrick Haugen)1588229418.0
The aim was to disinfect the area to make it safe again.
And people are in utter disbelief.
Fumigar con lejía playas en plena época de cría de aves o de desarrollo de la red de invertebrados que sustentarán… https://t.co/y1Qb5jdpiW— Greenpeace España (@Greenpeace España)1588007402.0
On the beach, it's a whole other story.
The powerful disinfectant has killed most of the eco-systems that were present on the beach.
Authorities in Spain have apologised after spraying a beach with bleach in an attempt to protect children from… https://t.co/B3riXaDzyq— IanBroughall (@IanBroughall)1588165474.0
The damage is horrific.
Environmentalists have condemned the controversial decision.
via: TwitterMaría Dolores Iglesias, who runs an environmental volunteer group in the Cadiz region, has seen the damage at the beach for herself and says the bleach "killed everything on the ground, nothing is seen, not even insects." "Bleach is used as a very powerful disinfectant, it is logical that it be used to disinfect streets and asphalt, but here the damage has been brutal," she continued. "They have devastated the dune spaces and gone against all the rules. It has been an aberration what they have done, also taking into account that the virus lives in people not on the beach. It is crazy."
During lockdown, wildlife had been thriving on the beach.
Now, local official Agustín Conejo has apologized for the move.
"I admit that it was a mistake, it was done with the best intention," he said, going on to admit that it was the "wrong move." For more like this, keep scrolling for Hillary Clinton's "best burn in history" in response to Trump's disinfectant comments...
Hey Agustín Conejo, did you ask Trump to hold your beer before you bleached the beaches & obliterated all your ecos… https://t.co/G8CcxTt3fi— Bernoid (@Bernoid)1588194169.0