Trump suggests ‘injection’ to beat coronavirus
President Donald Trump will have the option of “injecting” antiseptic into a person with coronavirus as a deterrent against the virus during his daily briefing on Thursday.
Trump made the statement after Bill Brian, who heads the Department of Science and Technology in the Department of Homeland Security, made a presentation about his team’s research that showed that the virus did not live long in warmer temperatures. “The virus dies more quickly in the sun,” Brian said, wondering if you can bring light “inside the body.”
Speaking with Brian, Trump said at the press conference: “Assuming we are hitting the body with tremendous power – whether it’s ultraviolet light or just a very strong light – I think you have it and it hasn’t been examined because of the test.” Then I said, assuming you’ve published Light around the body, what you can do through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you would test that as well. ”
He added: “I see the antiseptic it hits in a minute, a minute. Is there a way to do something like that by injecting it inside or almost by cleaning? You see , it enters the lungs, it makes a huge number of lungs, so it would be exciting to check this out. ”
He did not specify the type of disinfectant.
Health professionals, including Dr. Vin Gupta, pulmonary pathologist, expert in global health policy and contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. They were quick to challenge the president’s “inappropriate health messages”.
“The idea of injecting or swallowing any type of cleaning product into the body is irresponsible and dangerous,” said Gupta. “It’s a common method that people use when they want to kill themselves.”
The manufacturer of Lysol has also issued a statement defending against any internal use of the cleaning product.
The President repeatedly repeated unproven treatments at daily briefings on COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus. For example, hydroxychloroquine has been described as a “potential game changer”, but health officials have strongly defended this.
An Arizona man died in late March after consuming chloroquine phosphate – believing it would protect him from coronavirus infection. The man’s wife told NBC News that she had seen television briefings during which Trump talked about the potential benefits of chloroquine.
Dr. Rick Bright, a senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services, said he was fired this week because of his rejection of his requests for chloroquine treatments.
Brian, when interviewed by reporters, later said that the federal laboratories were not considering this treatment option. He added that heat and humidity alone would not kill the virus if people did not continue to practice social separation.
When asked for clarification later, Brian said it was not the kind of work he would do in his laboratory before Trump jumped up and added, “Maybe he’s working. Maybe be that he doesn’t work. ”
Discussing the possibility that heat could kill the virus, the president turned to Dr. Deborah Perks, coordinator of the White House response to the Coronavirus, who was seated next to her, and asked her if she had heard of the heat killing the virus in humans.
She said she had not heard of him “as a treatment” but added that having a fever is what the body does to kill the virus.
The White House said on Friday morning that the media had misinterpreted Trump’s comments about the treatment of coronaviruses.
“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult doctors about treatment for coronaviruses, a point he reaffirmed at yesterday’s press conference,” said the press secretary for the media. White House, Kylie McNanny, in a statement. “Let the media irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and make negative headlines.”