Coronavirus: Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment

Coronavirus: Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment

Coronavirus: Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment

In addition, the report cited the global lack of immunity to the new virus and concluded, if there is an effect of temperature and humidity on transmission, it may not be as apparent as with other respiratory viruses for which there is at least some preexisting partial immunity.

Bill Bryan, a senior official at the US Department of Homeland Security, said studies on the virus showed bleach kills coronavirus in about five minutes, and isopropyl alcohol destroys it even faster.

The US President said as you see it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that. "When it is on that surface, it dies very quickly with the sun".

"And I think you [Bryan] said that hasn't been checked but you're going to test it".

When pressed further by reporters about his claims, Trump termed some of the questions "fake news".

"I want the people in Georgia to be safe, and I don't want this thing to flare up because you're deciding to do something that is not in the guidelines", he said.

US President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of an "injection" of disinfectant into a person infected with coronavirus as a coronavirus deterrent at the White House daily briefing today.

And if it has an impact, that's great, Trump replied, adding, "Its just a suggestion from a brilliant lab by a very, very smart, perhaps brilliant man".

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said, "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".

"We're slowing the spread, we're protecting the most vulnerable, we're saving lives and every single day we are one day closer to opening up America again", Pence said.

A journalist at the briefing questioned whether Mr Trump's off-the-cuff remarks could spread risky disinformation to Americans.

"Not as a treatment", Dr Birx said.

Media captionAcross the United States, some people insist the lockdowns should be lifted and states reopened What's the reaction been to Trump's comments?

Pulmonologist Dr Vin Gupta told NBC News: "This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it's unsafe".

Across the other side of the Pacific, Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, was asked for his clinical advice on such a novel treatment. "And protective equipment for actual medical professionals".

Only this week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to be careful with cleaning products as sales of household disinfectants soar amid the pandemic.

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