- At a news conference on Thursday night, U.S. President Donald Trump pondered aloud whether the glow of “very powerful light” inside the human body or the injection of “disinfectant” could kill the coronavirus.
- Trump said Friday that he was just being “sarcastic” when he thought of ingesting people with “light” and “disinfectant” to treat COVID-19.
- However, before, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, defended the comments. “When he gets new information, he likes to talk about it,” she told Fox News.
- The US Centers for Disease Control also reminded people on Friday that “household cleaning products and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly.”
- Here is a timeline of Trump’s comments.
- Visit the Business Insider home page for more stories.
At a news conference on Thursday night, President Donald Trump pondered aloud whether the glow of “very powerful light” inside the human body or the injection of “disinfectant” could kill the coronavirus.
Here is a timeline of how Trump came to make that statement – and the ensuing consequences:
Wednesday, April 22: A study is presented to the White House task force on coronavirus
According to a Friday report from The Washington Post, the interim undersecretary of science and technology of the Department of Homeland Security, William Bryan, presented a study on the “possibility of heat, humidity and light to kill the virus, as well as the effectiveness of disinfectants in killing it on surfaces” to the coronavirus task force.
A source told The Post that some members of the task force, including the White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, expressed their concerns about the study and / or presentation. However, Vice President Mike Pence and others wanted Bryan to present the information at the briefing to give the public good news, The Post reported.
Thursday, April 23: Before the White House, press
The Post reported that Bryan gave President Trump a “15-minute” presentation on the study before the press conference.
Bryan, The Post reported, should present the study at the briefing and Trump read the prepared remarks.
Thursday, April 23: The briefing
Bryan presented the study, focused on surfaces, not humans.
Trump, during his comments, said the following, as transcribed by Business Insider magazine Grace Panetta:
“So I asked Bill a question that some of you are wondering if you are in this world, which I find quite interesting. So, assuming we hit the body with tremendous intensity, be it ultraviolet light or just very powerful light, and I think that you said it hasn’t been verified, but you’re going to test it. And then I said, assuming it brought light into the body, what you can do through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said which will test this too, it looks interesting. And then I see the disinfectant, where it is eliminated in a minute, and there is a way for you to do something like this through an internal injection or almost a cleaning. Because you see it enters the lungs and it produces a tremendous number of lungs. So it would be interesting to check this. So you’ll have to use doctors, but that sounds interesting, so we’ll see. But the whole concept of light, the way it runs in a minute, is enough powerful. “
During the presentation, Birx was spotted camera reacting to Trump’s comments, and when asked by Trump about using heat and light to treat viruses, she said, “Not as a treatment. I mean, certainly a fever is a good thing. When you have a fever, it helps your body respond. But I not seen heat or light “.
Thursday, April 23: After the briefing, the consequences begin
Some members of the government discouraged thinking. “No, I certainly would not recommend taking an internal disinfectant,” FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn told CNN on Thursday night.
Doctors also started to plead with people not to ingest or inject disinfectants.
Friday, April 24: Companies and government agencies warn against ingesting or injecting disinfectants, and the White House works to turn Trump’s comments around
On Friday morning, however, the spokesman for the president, Kayleigh McEnany, was claiming that the comments were merely “out of context”.
Birx, asked about the president’s comments, told Fox News a segment that will be broadcast in full on Saturday: “When he receives new information, he likes to say it out loud and really have this dialogue. And that is what the dialogue he was having “.
On Friday afternoon, amid the concern of medical professionals and the ridicule of his critics, the president himself decided on a different approach: Everything had been a joke, despite an attempt at humor that no one seemed to have, Fox News included.
“I was asking a very sarcastic question to reporters in the room about disinfectants inside,” said Trump.
Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control was taking no chances. “Household cleaning products and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly,” he tweeted earlier on Friday.
Lysol manufacturers too, said in a statement on Friday that “under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be administered to the human body (by injection, ingestion or any other route).”
Burger King also tweeted, “I don’t know why we need to say this, but don’t drink bleach”.
It is like Grace Panetta As previously reported to Business Insider, “Maryland said its coronavirus hotline received more than 100 calls from people who questioned President Trump’s recent reflections on disinfectant intake as a treatment for COVID-19.”
At the Friday night press conference, neither Trump nor Pence took questions from the press.
Regarding the treatment of coronavirus previously mediated by the president: The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday who is “aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine”.
Do you have a news tip? Email this reporter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the original article at Business Insider