Just ask US President Donald Trump.
On Friday, institutions in different countries issued health warnings about various medical ideas that the President of the United States had shared with millions of viewers.
The most eye-catching alert came from the British company that makes Lysol disinfectants, which has issued a warning that sounds like a cry: don’t inject Lysol.
“In no case should our disinfectants be administered into the human body,” said the press release from the British company RB.
” [That includes] injection, ingestion or any other route. ”
The genesis of this medical warning was a flippant remark by Trump, who, according to his staff, has been misrepresented out of context and that Trump himself now claims to be sarcastic.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official made a routine laboratory test announcement Thursday at Trump’s daily press conference that sunlight and cleaning agents were significantly weakening COVID-19 on surfaces.
Trump intervened, suggesting that perhaps these things could be tested on humans. He talked about the possibility of hitting the body with a “huge” amount of light, and also offered tests with injections.
He then quickly seemed to contradict himself.
A reporter asked if the president was really talking about injecting people with bleach and Trump said no.
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And it was the exchange that launched hundreds of embarrassing titles around the world, in a variety of languages. French TV stations, for example, called him ” breathtaking,“And suggested that the president tell people to inject disinfectant.
the Office Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan issued a public alert after the state received more than 100 calls from people inquiring about taking disinfectants to fight COVID-19.
We decided to publish this alert after receiving more than 100 calls to our hotline.
A horrified British doctor called him “Absolutely dangerous, crazy” and probably deadly.
But a White House spokesperson rejected the report. “Let the media take President Trump out of context irresponsibly,” said Kayleigh McEnany.
It was only his last tangle with the press this week. She also lambasted a reporter for don’t talk to Trump like the “president”, who drew reminders that she was not particularly courteous to Trump’s predecessor.
Now about this malaria medicine
Warnings were coming from inside the administration about another potential medical solution launched by the president.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has advised against the use of hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug that Trump has spent weeks touting as a possible game changer in the fight against COVID-19.
He published a declaration say that hydroxychloroquine, which also treats lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart and kidney problems, increase insulin levels, and increase the risk of severe hypoglycemia.
The FDA said it has reviewed case reports and found no evidence that the drug works against COVID-19. Given the side effects, he said the use of the pill should be limited to clinical trial settings or to certain hospital patients.
Supporters of the president point out that there are nuances here.
The first studies are contradictory. And when discussing the drug, Trump also warned. He repeatedly mentioned the possible side effects of hydroxychloroquine, even when he promoted its use at press conferences.
However, for weeks, he and an entire ecosystem of supporters have touted this cheap generic drug as a possible solution to the COVID-19 crisis.
Fox News played an important role.
A devoted Fox News viewer, the president is said to have seen numerous appearances from a famous doctor Mehmet Oz and segments of Fox, host Laura Ingraham, discussing hydroxychloroquine.
But these television figures did not just promote drugs on the air: they both spoke personally with members of the administration.
Ingraham meet Trump to discuss it, the Washington Post reported. Oz itself was talking on the air about how he discussed hydroxychloroquine with a US health official, Seema Verma.
Now a United States study conducted with veterans suggests that the drug has no benefit against COVID-19 – and may be more likely to harm people.
A French study drew similar conclusions. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, has published guidelines who say there is no proven drug to treat COVID-19.
This week, a US federal official said he was ousted for his senior role in the Department of Health and Human Services for resisting Trump’s promotion of hydroxychloroquine.
The fact is that research on hydroxychloroquine is still in its infancy. Some studies have suggested that it could act as an antiviral agent.
Ingraham again this week forbidden the drug and highlighted methodological gaps in the new American study.
A member of the Trump cabinet also warned of any conclusions. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said the American study, conducted jointly with his department, was not a final conclusion. He called it a non-clinical study, involving a small number of veterans in the later stages of life.
“Limit the mistakes you make”
As for Trump’s daily television event, the Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak says it is understandable that the president considers them useful.
He said the president can communicate directly with voters, around a media filter that sometimes distorts his message.
But still, said the strategist, tighter message discipline could help.
Instead of the daily freewheeling event, he said Trump better make a short announcement and then turn it over to experts.
“Get your message out. Also limit the mistakes you make, “he told CBC News.
“Do … five or 10 minutes at first, then do the stuff, then get out. “
This is what happened on Friday. One day after reflections on the bleach injection, Trump and his team held their the shortest a coronavirus briefing ever, and the week ended without further controversy.