Donald Trump has stunned viewers by suggesting that people could receive injections of disinfectant to cure the coronavirus, a notion one medical expert described as “jaw-dropping”.
“I sold my soul for THIS?” – Dr Birx trying to convince herself that staying on the job to fight coronavirus means she cannot tell Trump that he is straight up OUT OF HIS MIND suggesting that people ingest disinfectant. https://t.co/gzX06gKEF3
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) April 24, 2020
At Thursday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, the US president discussed new government research on how the virus reacts to different temperatures, climates and surfaces.
Here is Dr. Birx's reaction when President Trump asks his science advisor to study using UV light on the human body and injecting disinfectant to fight the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/MVno5X7JMA
— Daniel Lewis (@Daniel_Lewis3) April 24, 2020
“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute,” Trump said. “One minute! And is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that. So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”
Putin: just tell them to kill themselves.
Trump: like ingesting disinfectant?
Putin: yes, the Jim Jones of Lysol.
Trump: yes boss.
The Press Conference:pic.twitter.com/Rabxmr2jvP
— JerseyCraig 😷 Democrat. (@Jersey_Craig) April 24, 2020
Dr Deborah Birx, the task force response coordinator, remained silent. But social media erupted in hilarity and outrage at the president, who has a record of defying science and also floated the idea of treating patients’ bodies with ultraviolet (UV) light.
Trump suggests irradiating people's bodies with UV light or injecting them with disinfectant (bleach, Clorox, Lysol, Tidepod) to deal with COVID19. #Reimpeach
— Abz (@AbiyAbz) April 24, 2020
Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, added: “It is incomprehensible to me that a moron like this holds the highest office in the land and that there exist people stupid enough to think this is OK. I can’t believe that in 2020 I have to caution anyone listening to the president that injecting disinfectant could kill you.”
Trump was already facing a backlash over his championing of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, as a therapy for the coronavirus, a quixotic effort amplified by the conservative network Fox News. Research has found no evidence that it is beneficial and a government vaccine expert has claimed he was fired for limiting its use.