Covid-19: Donald Trump suggests ‘injecting’ patients with disinfectant, doctors sound alarm

Also during Thursday's White House coronavirus news conference, Trump turned to Bryan and the White House's coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, inquiring, "Then I see the disinfectant, where I see it knocks it out in a minute".

At the White House's press briefing on Covid-19, Trump suggested further research in the area but asked experts to proceed with caution.

In front of a national TV audience, Trump declared an "injection" of a disinfectant into a person infected by SARS-CoV-2 can be a treatment for the virus.

Earlier in the briefing, William Bryan, acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate said government researchers had determined that the virus survives best indoors and in dry conditions and loses potency when temperatures and humidity rise - especially when it is exposed to sunlight.

"Is there a way we can do something like that by injection, inside, or nearly a cleaning?" he said. So it'd be interesting to check that.

"But I can tell you we're going to be as prepared as we can to prevent that happening".

The most striking observation, according to Bryan, is that solar light kills the virus on surfaces and in the air.

"And ultraviolet light, look, I don't know the context in which he said it, so I really would need to study it before I could comment", Murphy added.

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"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", said Trump.

NBC reports that Trump made the remark after Bill Bryan gave a presentation on research his team has conducted that shows the virus does not live as long in warmer and more humid temperatures. He added that heat and humidity alone wouldn't kill the virus if people don't continue to social distance.

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 unsafe", Gupta said.

"It's a common method that people utilise when they want to kill themselves". "There's people who hang on to every word of the president".

His claims created a huge buzz on social media and many people asked the USA president to keep his medical advice to himself.

"Very significant difference when he gets hit with the UV rays", Bryan said.

Pointing to charts with data from experiments on the COVID-19 virus, Bryan said the virus half life plunges "drastically" with exposure to higher temperatures and even minimal exposure to humidity. He tweeted: "Here's an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now".

  • Sonia Alvarado