Trump says remark about injecting disinfectant in COVID-19 patients was 'sarcasm'

# 07:25
25 April 2020

The US president’s comment during Thursday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing quickly saw widespread criticism in mass media and the health sector. The development comes as the US death toll from the pandemic topped 50,000, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

US President Donald Trump claimed that his comment about injecting disinfectant into the human body to treat those with the coronavirus was a 'sarcastic' suggestion, and laughed that mainstream media and health experts had quickly reported that the president of the United States had advised the injections to treat the disease. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump denied recommending or suggesting the use of disinfectant to cure COVID-19 patients.

"I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen", Trump told reporters.

Health experts around the world quickly posted statements urging people to avoid injecting themselves with disinfectant.

The incident occurred on Thursday during coronavirus a White House Task Force briefing, in which officials had presented the results of a government study which said that the coronavirus appears to weaken quickly when exposed to sunlight and heat, and that bleach and isopropyl alcohol, when used on surfaces, could kill the virus within minutes. During the briefing, Trump suggested that the same approach could be used inside the human body.