On Thursday in his White House press briefing, President Donald Trump suggested the use of an injection of disinfectant into a coronavirus positive person as a way to curb the virus. The remarks from Trump came right after Bill Bryan’s presentation on the research conducted by his team, which showed that the virus isn’t capable of living in warmer and more humid temperatures for a longer time. Bryan, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Division, said - “The virus dies the quickest when exposed to direct sunlight,” pondering Trump to come up with his own set of suggestions to bring light inside the human body.
“So suppose our medical experts hit the body with great light, whether it is ultraviolet or just a very powerful light. For suppose, you brought the light right inside the body, which can be done either through the skin or some other way,” Trump said after Bryan’s statements that coronavirus can’t withstand higher temperatures. He further added - “I see the disinfectant can help to knock it out in a minute, just one minute. If it’s the way, we can do something similar to that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, and we will have to use medical doctors for that, but it sounds interesting to me.” However, Trump failed to specify the kind of disinfectant that needs to be used. Medical experts across the country were quick to criticize and challenge Trump’s unprofessional suggestion to treat the virus.
Global health policy expert and a pulmonologist himself, Dr. Vin Gupta said - “The suggestion from Trump to ingest any kind of cleansing product into the human body is highly risky, irresponsible and dangerous. It’s is one of the common methods used by the people to kill themselves.” Trump has been giving out unproven medical suggestions in his press briefings right from the beginning. For example, he announced hydroxychloroquine would be the single best medicine to deal with coronavirus. A man from Arizona died in March after injecting chloroquine phosphate, believing it as the best cure to the virus. After multiple questions from the reporters, Bryan later clarified that federal laboratories aren’t working on such a treatment option. He also warned that only heat and humid conditions alone couldn’t kill the virus, and the people of America should still continue to follow the precautions like social distancing.
The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed that media was misreporting President’s comments. He added, “On multiple occasions, President Trump said that Americans need to consult the medical doctors about the coronavirus treatment. He even emphasized the same point in yesterday’s press briefing as well. However, media is still picking his comments out of context and just to run negative headlines.”
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