The US President, Donald Trump, has suggested the possibility of people having disinfectant injected into them. He suggested this during his daily briefing on Thursday.
Trump had mentioned injecting disinfectant after the lead of the Department of Homeland Security's science and technology division, Bill Bryan, had given a presentation on research his team had conducted. This research had shown that the novel Coronavirus doesn't live as long in warmer and humid environments. Bryan had said that "the virus dies quickest in sunlight", which led Trump to wonder whether you can bring the light "inside the body". Obviously!
Trump had then said, "So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous - whether it's ultraviolet or just a very powerful light - and I think you said that hasn't been checked because of the testing". He then followed with, "And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you're going to test that, too."
The US President went onto speaking about disinfectants. He said that he sees the disinfectant that "knocks it out in a minute". He then questioned whether there was a way they could do "something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?" He stated it would be "interesting to check that" as Covid-19 gets into the lungs and does a "tremendous number" on them. The type of disinfectant wasn't specified in the briefing.
Medical professionals were quick to challenge the president's "improper health messaging". These medical professionals included Dr Vin Gupta - a pulmonologist and a global health policy expert. Gupta had said that “This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous," They also said that using a cleaning product is a common method that people use to kill themselves.
This isn't the first time that the president has broadcasted "improper health messaging". Before, he had promoted the anti-malarials Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine as "game changers" even with little to no proof. Health officials have cautioned against this drug due to the potentially harmful side-effects.
For example, a man that lived in Arizona had died in late March after taking Chloroquine Phosphate to protect himself from Covid-19. This was after President Trump had promoted the unproven benefits of the drug.
As well as this, Dr Rick Bright, a top official at the Department of Health and Human Services had said that the was pushed from his job as he pushed back on the demands that he sign of the Chloroquine treatments.