Trump's disinfectant idea is shocking and dangerous, doctor says

Trump's disinfectant idea is shocking and dangerous, doctor says


Health specialists and Doctors in the United States advised people not to drink or inject disinfectant. President Donald Trump has recommended that scientists examine injecting the cleaning agent into the body as a way to prevent coronavirus.

"This is one of the most dangerous and idiotic suggestions made so far in how one might actually treat COVID-19," said Paul Hunter, a medicine professor at East Anglia University in Britain. He said disinfectant infections are likely to kill someone who has tried it.

President Trump said Thursday at his regular media conference that scientists would investigate whether injecting light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected with the coronavirus could help them remove the virus.

"Is there a way we can do something like that by injection, inside, or almost a clean? , "he said.

"It would be interesting to check that."

While ultraviolet light is known to destroy viruses found in droplets in the air, doctors say there is no way to penetrate COVID-19-infected cells into the human body.

"Neither sitting in the sun, nor heating will kill a virus that replicates in the internal organs of an individual patient," said Penny Ward, professor of pharmaceutical medicine at Kings College London and member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine's Education and Standards Committee.

The manufacturer of household disinfectants Dettol and Lysol, Reckitt Benckiser, also released an official statement informing people not to consume or inject their products.

Parastou Donyai, Pharmacy practice director and University of Reading professor of social and cognitive pharmacy, said Trump's comments were surprising and unscientific.

Donyai said people concerned about the latest coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease that it triggers must seek support from a professional doctor or pharmacist, and "do not take baseless and off-the-cuff statements as actual advice."

Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at Berkeley's University of California and former United States secretary of labour, added on Twitter.

Reading's Donyai said Trump's earlier remarks have already been related to people delivering drugs or other items themselves in ways that rendered them toxic.