President Donald Trump has publicly suggested that injecting people with disinfectants could potentially eliminate COVID-19. People reacted almost immediately
During the daily briefing on April 23rd Bill Bryan, the undersecretary of Homeland Security’s science and technology division presented his team’s latest research on the virus. He outlined the main factors that kill it faster: heat and humidity, sunlight, and available disinfectants for regular cleaning.
The President of the United States reacted with: “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
He also suggested that COVID-19 patients’ bodies could be “hit with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light” as a treatment.
Right after the briefing was over, the most popular household chemistry brands and products such as Clorox, Lysol, Ajax, and Tide Pods began to trend on Twitter.
“F—-k it. I give up. @realDonaldTrump has defeated me. I endorse him. Inject Clorox to own the libs,” tweeted publisher Markos “Kos” Moulitsas.
Other users nicknamed Donald Trump “The Clorox President” and warned their readers to not follow his theories.
The Washington’s Military Department Emergency Management Divison also had to issue a warning on the official Twitter account:
“Please don’t eat tide pods or inject yourself with any kind of disinfectant. If you do need help with #COVID19 issues, we have lots of resources (…) Just don’t make a bad situation worse.”
Even though Trump never specified any particular disinfectant, social media users could not help but think about particular cases of health endorsement. People have been poisoning themselves with Clorox fumes after vigorously overcleaning their homes. Back in March, an Arizona man died after self-medicating with chloroquine phosphate — the malaria medication that was endorsed by Trump as a potential COVID-19 treatment.