Lead Stories, a web platform dedicated to deciphering authenticity that revolves around current events, recently denied that President Donald Trump had suggested that people inject disinfectants to treat the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, or Wuhan coronavirus.
The website, run by former CNN employees, referred to a video clip from the April 23 briefing that was posted on the March for Science Facebook page, where the president talks about the issue and then his words are taken out of context.
The incorrect posting included the following, “The President just suggested injecting disinfectant could clean the lungs and light and heat could cure coronavirus.”
“This misinformation is dangerous and could cost lives. The White House should be listening to scientists, not firing them.”
The president’s statement was preceded by the words of Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Science and Technology William Brayan, who said that it was being tested with common disinfectants such as alcohol or bleach.
Brayan implied that the virus that spreads through respiratory fluids and is found in the tiny droplets of saliva left in the air or on surfaces is also vulnerable to bleach, which can kill it in 5 minutes, or alcohol, which does so in only 30 seconds.
Likewise, Brayan, who is part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, mentioned the effect that heat or ultraviolet rays had on disintegrating the virus.
President Trump later issued comments telling researchers to study the possibility that such behavior might be useful, according to Lead Stories.
Following Brayan’s explanation, President Trump said, “So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it.”
“And then 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, by injection inside? Or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs. And it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So, it’ll be interesting to check that. So that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors for that. But it sounds interesting to me. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills in one minute. That is pretty powerful,” said Trump, who was excited by Brayan’s explanation.
The president then turned to Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, to see if there was a way to consult with doctors to see if there was a way to apply light and heat to treat infected patients.
Regarding the president’s statements, the Environmental Protection Agency was quick to post a warning notice on its website, urging people not to use disinfectants on themselves, as well as to refrain from ingesting it.
A World Health Organization spokesman referred to the ‘myth-busters’ section also on the organization’s website to discredit the statements, saying they would not have even anticipated it.
Similarly, Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Lysol and Dettol, cited speculation on social networks to warn those who use their products to “under no circumstances” ingest these products.
The media narrative that condemned the president’s alleged idea to inject himself with disinfectant to treat the coronavirus was also widely reported in the mainstream media.
ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl later asked Trump if he had proposed that people inject themselves with “bleach and isopropyl alcohol,” to which the president clarified that “It wouldn’t be through injection,” and that he was talking about “cleaning, sterilization of an area,” and about applying the disinfectant to “a stationary object.”
President Trump didn’t urge people to do anything but said that such methods to eliminate the coronavirus should be examined, according to Lead Stories.