He’s brainstorming in public. Throwing out questions that seem ludicrous, sometimes spark ideas in others, that may lead to plausible solutions.
“Can we use the disinfectant in the body, like inject it or something?”
Umm No Mr president, but that gives me an idea…. blah blah.
CLAIM: President Donald Trump suggested injecting people with disinfectant to cure coronavirus.
VERDICT: False. Trump was speaking generally about new information about sunlight, heat, and disinfectant killing the virus.
President Trump is being quoted out of context — as usual — by left-wingers on social media who are accusing him of suggesting injecting people with disinfectant as a way of curing coronavirus infections.
Trump used the word “inject,” but what he meant was using a process — which he left “medical doctors” to define — in which patients’ lungs might be cleared of the virus, given new knowledge about its response to light and other factors.
Earlier in the briefing, Dr. Bill Bryant, leader of the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, described the results of new government research that showed that the coronavirus did not survive long in solar light, warmer temperatures, and more humid conditions. He added that disinfectants had also been effective against it.
Trump, responding to that, noted that there had been discussions of testing ultraviolet light on patients, or of methods to bring light inside the body. “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it [the virus] out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, or almost a cleaning, cause you see it gets in the lungs.”
At no time did Trump actually propose injecting patients with disinfectant; he deferred to “medical doctors” to figure out how to apply Dr. Bryant’s research.
The modalities he mentioned had obviously been suggested to him by his doctors, but Trump is no medical genius and he made the gaff about disinfecting the blood WITHOUT mentioning how it is done. Since the 1950’s, before the advent of many antibiotics a procedure was developed to extract some blood, irradiate it with ultraviolet light, and reinject that blood. It was very successful but dropped because of antibiotic use. Now in effect this is “disinfecting the blood”, just as Trump mentioned:
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