President Donald Trump has suggested the possibility of studying injecting disinfectants in Covid-19 patients or bringing UV light “into” their body to kill the deadly virus, immediately drawing anti-aircraft guns from health experts, while a leading producer of disinfectants urged people not to listen to such dangerous speculation.
Homeland Security for Science and Technology, launched under Secretary Bill Bryan, launched a new scientific study conducted by his department on Thursday, saying that the coronavirus dies much faster when exposed to sunlight and moisture.
“The virus dies the fastest in direct sunlight. Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds,” he told White House reporters in the presence of President Trump during his daily briefing on the Covid-19 situation in the country.
Due to Bryan’s comments, Trump wondered if there was a possibility of injecting the chemical into a person infected with Covid-19 as a deterrent to the virus.
“I see the disinfectant turning it off in a minute, a minute … And is there a way we can do something like that by injecting inside, or by almost cleaning? Because you can see it getting into the lungs and a huge number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that, “said the US president during the press conference.
Trump also raised the possibility of using light to combat the deadly viral infection.
“Suppose we hit the body with tremendous (force), whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light – and I think you said that it wasn’t checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said you brought the light into the body, which you can do through the skin or some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting, “Trump told Bryan.
Trump’s incredulous comments led to sharp criticism from health experts who warned people against injecting or taking disinfectants, which are highly toxic.
“My concern is that people will die. People will think this is a good idea … This is not knowingly, ready-made, maybe-this-will-work advice. This is dangerous, “Craig Spencer, director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center, told The Washington Post.
Reckitt Benckiser, who owns Lysol and Dettol, said that as a world leader in health and hygiene products, “we should be clear that our disinfectant products should under no circumstances be administered into the human body (by injection, ingestion or any other route) . ”
“As with all products, our disinfection and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in accordance with usage guidelines. Read the label and safety information,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
Lysol, one of America’s best-known cleaning brands, has been featured in tweets at least 125,000 times since the White House press conference.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, who is also a member of the White House coronavirus task force, warned against taking disinfectants to kill the coronavirus.
“I would certainly not recommend the internal intake of a disinfectant,” Hahn said through the CNN.
Dara Kass, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, also asked people not to do such things.
“Please don’t drink bleach or isopropyl alcohol to remove # COVID19 from your saliva,” she tweeted.
“It’s awful,” Kass told the Post.
People who consume such chemicals often die. Those who survive usually get feeding tubes, as their mouth and esophagus are eroded by the cleansers, she said.
Even when experts from the medical community came forward to challenge Trump’s latest comments, Deborah Birx, one of the top U.S. public health experts, did not respond to the comments about light therapy or disinfectant injections.
Her lips pressed tight, Brix, who is the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, silently listened to Trump’s comments from the sidelines, the Post reported.
The US has reported more than 869,170 Covid-19 cases and nearly 50,000 deaths.
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