The medical community reacted to President Donald Trump’s suggestion to inject disinfectant or bleach to cure the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, emphasizing that the idea could have fatal results.
President Trump made the suggestion during a briefing of the White House coronavirus task force on Thursday.
“This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous,” Pulmonologist Dr Vin Gupta told NBC News.
Dr Gupta further added “It’s a common method that people utilize when they want to kill themselves.”
Meanwhile, Kashif Mahmood, a doctor in Charleston, West Virginia, tweeted that “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,” Dr Mahmood added.
Meanwhile, John Balmes, a pulmonologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, warned that even breathing fumes from bleach could cause severe health problems.
“Inhaling chlorine bleach would be absolutely the worst thing for the lungs. The airway and lungs are not made to be exposed to even an aerosol of disinfectant,” he told Bloomberg News, adding that “Not even a low dilution of bleach or isopropyl alcohol is safe. It’s a totally ridiculous concept.”