President Donald Trump on Thursday asked whether people can inject disinfectant cleaners into the body to kill the coronavirus.
“A question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting,” Trump said after William Bryan, a senior Homeland Security official who leads the department’s Science and Technology division, told reporters that a recent study showed summer-level solar waves can slash an 18-hour half-life for Covid-19 into a 1-hour half-life. He added that the virus does not live as long in warmer and more humid conditions.
“So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it,” Trump said.
“And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting,” he added.
Trump says he asked DHS science officials, upon hearing light can kill the virus, if the light can be used to "hit the body" or even used "inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way." He says they'll test it. pic.twitter.com/UUmYNrEeIP
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 23, 2020
“And then I see that the disinfectant 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 – cuz you see it gets inside the lungs and it does a tremendous number – so it’ll be interesting to check that,” Trump said, speaking to his health officials.
“So that you are going to have to use medical vouchers,” he added. “But it sounds interesting to me. So we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light the way that it kills it in one minute that’s pretty powerful.”
This is completely insane. Everyone knows it's completely insane, right? https://t.co/h8s3a0vD4O
— nilay patel (@reckless) April 23, 2020
Gotta use the ultraviolet bullets from Underworld. https://t.co/nfndoLBz80
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 23, 2020
Wow Trump just suggested getting rid of coronavirus by bringing "light inside the body" … "either through the skin or in some other way" or using disinfectant: "is there a way you can do something like that by injection or some other way."
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) April 23, 2020
When a reporter later pressed Bryan about the president’s suggestions that disinfectants be injected into a person, he said: “We don’t do that within our lab.”
“Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t work,” Trump interjected.
Trump later asked Dr. Deborah Birx whether she could look into using “light and heat” as a cure.
“This is probably an easy thing relatively speaking for you,” Trump said. “I would like you to speak to the medical doctors to see if there is any way you can apply light and heat to cure. If you could. Maybe you can maybe you can’t, again I say, maybe you can maybe you can’t.”
“I’m not a doctor, but I’m like a person that has a huge, you know what,” Trump said as he pointed toward his brain.
Get a load of Dr. Birx's demeanor after Trump tells her, "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 cure [coronavirus]." pic.twitter.com/TP0QoSzkYl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2020