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Chemists in Philippines warn public not to use gasoline as disinfectant


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A group of chemists in the Philippines has warned the public that gasoline must not be used as a disinfectant after President Rodrigo Duterte recommended its use as an alternative to hand sanitizers. 

In a Facebook post, Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) wrote that gasoline is harmful to the body especially if inhaled. 

“Pinapaalalahanan ng ICP ang lahat na HINDI ginagamit ang gasolina upang gawing panlinis o disinfectant ng mga bagay-bagay. Makasasama ito sa tao lalo na kapag nalanghap ang singaw nito,” the group wrote. 

Duterte insisted on Friday that he was not joking when he urged the public to use gasoline as a disinfectant to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. 

“Totoo yung sinabi ko. Alcohol, pag walang alcohol na available magpunta ka lang diyan sa gasoline station pagkatapos mag ano magpatulo ka. That’s disinfectant. Alcohol, gaas. Magpatulo ka lang ng ano just to disinfect. Ang akala nitong mga buang na nagsabi sa akin si Duterte. Para sa inyo, sa hindi nakakaintindi, sa too lang hindi ako nagbibiro. Totohanan yun. Akala ninyo nagbibiro lang ako. Pero sa totoo hindi ako nagbibiro,” Duterte said. 

Photo by Phil Star

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