Dr Birx’s priceless reaction as Trump suggests disinfectant injections to treat coronavirus as #dettol trends on Twitter – The Sun

HILARIOUS footage shows Dr Deborah Birx's priceless reaction after President Trump suggested that coronavirus could be treated with injections of disinfectant. 

The White House's Coronavirus Response Coordinator was attending a press briefing following the publication of a study showing that UV light and disinfectants could both kill the virus.

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The conference saw officials from the Department of Homeland Security present evidence that the virus weakens when exposed to sunlight and heat.

The research also showed that bleach and isopropyl alcohol killed the virus in saliva or on surfaces in a matter of minutes.

The president responded to the findings by suggesting that patients could be injected with disinfectant – which is extremely harmful to the human body – as part of their treatment.

"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?" Trump said.

"By injection inside or almost a cleaning. As you can see, it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs."

Footage showed Dr Birx glancing towards DHS official William Bryan before appearing to grimace and look awkwardly at the ground as the president spoke.

At one point, Trump turned to Dr Birx and asked her to investigate the bizarre remedies.

"I would like you to speak to the medical doctors to see if there's any way that you can apply light and heat to a cure," he said.

"I'm not a doctor. I am a person that has a good [head].

"Deborah have you ever heard of that?"

Dr Birx replied: "Not as a treatment."

Experts have made clear that, while light kills the viruses on surfaces, a person with the virus cannot treat themselves simply by exposing their skin to light.


Following the briefing, #Dettol trended on twitter as users joked about the president's claims and medical professionals warned his suggestions had no basis in science.

Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former secretary of labor, tweeted: “Trump’s briefings are actively endangering the public’s health.

"Boycott the propaganda. Listen to the experts. And please don’t drink disinfectant.”

Physician Daniel Summers wrote: "I am reasonably certain you don’t need a medical degree to suss this out, but in case you need to hear it from a professional: things that are safe and effective outside the body are not necessarily so inside it.

"The inside and outside of your body are different in many ways."

Dr. Kashif Mahmood added: "As a physician, I can't recommend injecting disinfectant into the lungs or using UV radiation inside the body to treat COVID-19.

"Don't take medical advice from Trump."

A Homeland security official told reporters on Thursday that federal labs aren't considering Trump's treatment options, NBC News reported.

The US has so far seen more than 880,000 people infected and 50,000 killed by the coronavirus.

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