Outcry after Donald Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment

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The medical community lambasted Donald Trump after he suggested research into whether coronavirus might be treated with disinfectant injected into the body.

He also proposed irradiating patients’ bodies with UV light, an idea dismissed by a doctor at the briefing. One of his officials said that sunlight and disinfectant could kill the infection.

What did Trump say?

An official presented Thursday the results of US government research. The results indicate coronavirus appeared to weaken more quickly when exposed to sunlight and heat.

According to BBC News, the study also showed bleach could kill the virus in saliva or respiratory fluids in five minutes. And isopropyl alcohol could kill it even more quickly.

While noting that experts should treat the idea with caution, Mr. Trump suggested further research in that area.

“So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous – whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light,” said the president turning to the White House coronavirus response co-ordinator. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside of the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting,” he added.

Pointing to his head, Donald Trump said: “I’m not a doctor. But I’m, like, a person that has a good you-know-what.”

What’s the reaction to Trump’s comments?

Doctors warned the president’s idea could have fatal results. “This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous.” said the pulmonologist Dr. Vin Gupta.

John Balmes, a pulmonologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, said that even breathing fumes from bleach could cause severe health problems. “Inhaling chlorine bleach would be absolutely the worst thing for the lungs. The airway and lungs are not made to be exposed to even an aerosol of disinfectant,” he said.

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