The deputy chief medical officer for England, Dr Jenny Harries, criticsed remarks by the US President on Thursday. Speaking at the Number 10 press briefing on Friday afternoon, she said: “I wouldn’t have a specific message to Donald Trump. I would have a specific message to anybody who suggested they should be injecting anything into their bodies. From a medical professional perspective, it is really important people use appropriate treatments that are evidence-based and tested.
“Nobody should be injecting anything, and we should be using evidence-based and trailed treatments we know will be safe.”
“We have very good programs that have been taken up very rapidly in this country, testing alternative treatments.
“Nobody should be injecting anything and we should be using evidence-based and trailed treatments we know will be safe.”
The Transport Secretary added the advice from Ms Harries was “perfectly clear”.
Trump hinted at his daily news briefing on Thursday that scientists should explore whether inserting light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected with the new coronavirus might help them treat the respiratory illness caused by the virus.
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Donald Trump spoke in a press conference at the White House earlier and said: “I see the disinfectant, where it knocks 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, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.
“So it would be interesting to check that.”
Trump, who has no medical qualifications made these outlandish remarks and now deputy chief medical officer for England has spoken out about these comments.
Trump was referring to a previous study which revealed the virus may be prone to heat.
He added: “So, supposing with hit the body with a tremendous – whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light and I think you (Dr Deborah Birx White House coronavirus response co-ordinator) said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it.
“And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside of 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.”
Is the virus prone to heat?
Dr Anthony Fauci, White House immunologist did warn that the COVID-19 outbreak may not be slowed by warmer weather and that the deadly virus could continue to rage all summer.
Dr Fauci spoke on the Today show and said: “Often cases of existing winter viruses, such as influenza often begin to decline as temperatures increase. Having said that, one should not assume that we are going to be rescued by a change in the weather.
“You must assume that the virus will continue to do its thing. If we get some help from the weather, so be it, fine.
“But I don’t think we need to assume that.”
Donald Trump has now tried to clean up his disinfectant remark by saying he was merely being “sarcastic”.