Michigan’s poison control center saw an astounding almost 90% spike in calls after recent remarks from President Trump.
MICHIGAN — There’s a major downside to receiving medical advice from politicians and businessmen instead of from the medical community. Michigan is seeing that firsthand.
After President Trump suggested injecting or ingesting disinfectant can fight COVID-19, poison control calls spiked in states like Michigan.
Michigan’s poison control center, run by Wayne State University, received some 65 calls about household cleaning products, an increase of about 86% from the weekend before, following the inaccurate suggestion from the president.
“We have seen an increase in numbers of people calling poison control and so I think it’s really important that every one of us with a platform disseminate medically accurate information,” Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer told George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week, “I want to say, unequivocally no one should be using disinfectant — to digest it to fight COVID-19. Please don’t do it. Just don’t do it.”
The EPA and even Lysol scrambled to warn the public about the dangers of the president’s comments.
President Trump later said it was “sarcasm” and that the American people misunderstood him.
Misinformation is information that’s wrong accidentally. Trump’s “sarcasm” amounts to disinformation which is intentionally wrong.
Thanks to that “sarcastic” disinformation, poison control calls also spiked in New York, Maryland and Illinois. Trump claimed no responsibility for that.
When asked about these spikes in poison control calls, Trump said “I can’t imagine why.”
Katelyn Kivel contributed to this story.