Science expert rules out Donald Trump disinfectant claim

Friday, April 24, 2020

Donald Trump has faced criticism for suggesting disinfectant could be injected into patients as a possible treatment for Covid-19.

The US president said in a briefing yesterday that researchers were looking at the effects of disinfectants on coronavirus.

He wondered aloud: “Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?”

But William Bryan, a science adviser from the country’s Department of Homeland Security, said health officials were not considering such treatment.

Mr Trump also pitched “emerging” research on the benefits of solar light in killing the virus on surfaces and in the air and considered whether the concept could be applied to humans.

“I would like you to speak to the medical doctors to see if there’s any way that you can apply light and heat to cure,” he told Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response co-ordinator.

“I say maybe you can, maybe you can’t. I’m not a doctor, but I’m like a person that has a good you know what,” he added, pointing to his head.

Mr Bryan said studies showed the virus was died at a “much more rapid pace” when exposed to higher temperatures and humidity but stressed that the research does not replace social distancing recommendations.

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer put Mr Trump’s suggestions to Health Secretary Matt Hancock who said: “That isn’t anything that my clinical adviser has brought to my attention.”

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