U.S. President Trump’s musings on whether injecting disinfectants might treat COVID-19 horrified medical professionals Friday and raised fresh concerns that his stream-of-consciousness briefings could push frightened people to poison themselves with untested treatments.
An international refrain of doctors and health specialists urged people not to drink or inject disinfectant after Trump Thursday steered that scientists ought to examine inserting the cleaning agent into the body as an approach to cure COVID-19, the respiratory illness brought on by the novel coronavirus.
His remarks during his daily media briefing Thursday, directed at doctors in the room who serve on his coronavirus task force, didn’t come across as sarcasm.
Medical experts denounced Trump’s suggestions, and leading Democrats grilled the Republican president.
Trump stated Thursday that scientists should discover whether inserting ultraviolet light or disinfectant into the bodies of individuals infected with the coronavirus might assist them in clearing the illness.
Pressed repeatedly about the issueFriday, Trump stated he was not encouraging people to ingest disinfectant.
Trump also has lauded an anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 even though its effectiveness is unproven, and there are concerns about heart problems. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Friday cautioned against using hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 sufferers outside of hospitals and clinical trials, citing risks of significant heart rhythm issues.