Trump’s Covid-19 disinfectant ideas horrify health experts

International/ 25 April 2020, 03:56am / TI Reporter 

US President Donald Trump speaks during a demonstration of ways NASA is helping to combat the coronavirus, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, April 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

LONDON/WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump’s musings on whether injecting disinfectants might treat Covid-19 horrified medical professionals on Friday and raised fresh concerns that his stream-of-consciousness briefings could push frightened people to poison themselves with untested treatments.

An international chorus of doctors and health experts urged people not to drink or inject disinfectant after Trump on Thursday suggested that scientists should investigate inserting the cleaning agent into the body as a way to cure Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Trump on Friday sought to portray his remarks as sarcasm.

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

His remarks during his daily media briefing on Thursday, directed at doctors in the room who serve on his coronavirus task force, did not come across as sarcasm.


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