Another day, another (quite frankly) ludicrous load of word vomit from Donald Trump. The latest? The impeached president of the United States has suggested that scientists look into using household bleach or UV light as a way of beating coronavirus, by either injecting it into the body or passing a light through infected humans.
I mean, I only got a B in my science GCSE but even I know that shooting up Zoflora is more likely to… oh, I don’t know, kill you than cure you.
To paint a better picture, Trump’s comments came about during a press briefing that discussed new scientific findings which suggest heat and light could help to weaken coronavirus. Research also found that bleach is able to eradicate the virus in saliva or respiratory fluids in minutes.
“So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous… whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light,” Trump suggested to White House doctors. “And I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it.”
“I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?” he continued, before pointing to his head and saying, “I’m not a doctor. But I’m, like, a person that has a good you-know-what.” You’re definitely a something, hun… I know that much.
White House doctor Dr Deborah Birx responded to Trump’s prompts by explaining that she hadn’t heard of using “heat or light as a treatment”.
Now, other medical professionals have aired their rather hilarious reactions on Twitter.
Doctor and author of best-selling book, This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay sarcastically asked Trump to clarify the dosage required and suggested that he be the first to try the idea:
.@realDonaldTrump Just looping back on this bleach, Sir.
1. What volume of domestos should be injected?
2. With what frequency?
3. Intravenous, intramuscular, intrathecal or subcutaneous?
4. Can you post a video of yourself receiving the inaugural dose?
— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) April 24, 2020
Dr Alex Gates, a GP, also had a few thoughts on the subject:
Remember the day when ‘president of the USA’ was trending alongside ‘dettol’ ‘disinfectant’ ‘Jeyes’ ‘bleach’ ‘zoflora’ ‘harpic’ ‘Cillit bang’ and ‘toilet duck’.
Remember the day and weep for humanity.
A tangerine intelligence vacuum leads the free world.
— Dr Alex Gates (@dr_alex_gates) April 24, 2020
Another NHS GP, Dr Ellie Cannon, suggested that Trump got his ideas from watching cartoons and again, warned of the dangers of drinking bleach (to clarify: please do not drink bleach):
Only in your worst nightmares do you wake up and find the President of the free world, has hypothesised we use Domestos in the body to kill #COVID19 as it works on surfaces.
Where do his ideas come from?
— Dr Ellie *Wash your hands* (@Dr_Ellie) April 24, 2020
And finally, Dr Ranj Singh hammered home that there is no evidence that suggests drinking bleach is a good idea. “PLEASE DON’T DO THIS – IT MIGHT KILL YOU. America, I feel so sorry for you all. This man is an irresponsible idiot.”
So PRESIDENT TRUMP has said that ‘introducing’ UV light & bleach into the body could help treat #coronavirus.
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE FOR THIS WHATSOEVER.
PLEASE DON’T DO THIS – IT MIGHT KILL YOU.
America, I feel so sorry for you all. This man is an irresponsible idiot.
— Ranj Singh (@DrRanj) April 24, 2020
Cillit Bang = good for surfaces, bad for your internal organs. Noted.
This article originally appeared to Cosmopolitan.com
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