President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of an “injection” of disinfectant in a person infected with the coronavirus as a deterrent against the virus during his daily briefing on Thursday.
Trump made the remark after Bill Bryan, who heads the science and technology division of the Department of Homeland Security, made a presentation on research conducted by his team that shows that the virus does not live as long in warmer temperatures. hot and more humid. Bryan said, “The virus dies the fastest in the sun,” leaving Trump to wonder if you can bring the light “inside the body.”
“So assuming we hit the body with a huge one – whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very strong light – and I think you said that it hasn’t been verified because of the tests,” said Trump, speaking to Bryan during the briefing. “And then I said, assuming you bring the light inside the body, what you can do through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test this as well.”
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He added, “I see the disinfectant that wipes it out in a minute, a minute. And is it possible to do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets into the lungs, it does a huge number on the lungs, so it would be worth checking this out. ”
He did not specify the type of disinfectant.
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Healthcare professionals, including Dr. Vin Gupta, pulmonologist, global health policy expert and contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. were quick to challenge the president’s “inappropriate health messages”.
“This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleaning product into the body is irresponsible and dangerous,” said Gupta. “It is a common method that people use when they want to kill themselves. “
The president has repeatedly praised unproven treatments during daily briefings on COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus. For example, he presented hydroxychloroquine as a potential “game changer”, but health officials strongly advised against it.
An Arizona man died in late March after ingesting chloroquine phosphate – believing it would protect him from coronavirus infection. The man’s wife told NBC News that she had watched television briefings during which Trump spoke of the potential benefits of chloroquine.
Dr. Rick Bright, a senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services, said he was ousted from work this week for rejecting requests that he approve chloroquine treatments.
Bryan, when interviewed by reporters, said later that the federal labs were not considering such a treatment option. He added that heat and humidity alone would not kill the virus if people did not continue to distance themselves from society.
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When asked later to clarify, Bryan said it was not the kind of work he was doing in his laboratory before Trump stepped in and added, “Maybe it works. . Maybe it doesn’t work. “
Discussing the possibility that heat could kill the virus, the president turned to Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, who was seated on the side, and asked her if she had already heard of the heat killing the virus in humans.
She said she had not heard of it “as a treatment” but added that having a fever is what the body does to kill a virus.