For the last month or so, I’ve been trying to stay away from the insanity known as the White House Daily Briefings, at least on this blog anyway. My husband on the other hand has been patiently putting up with my rants. Something happened yesterday however that I simply must address or I will spontaneously combust. After a presentation from scientist Bill Bryan on the effectiveness of sunlight and disinfectants on surfaces, Trump took things a step farther:
I see disinfectant, where it knocks [the coronavirus] out in one 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 does a tremendous job on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that. So you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me.
For anyone thinking: “Kim. You must have misheard.” Here’s the video.
I totally relate to Dr. Birx’s body language. While most of us know not to take in dangerous household chemicals into our bodies, there are those who faithfully follow everything that comes out of Mr. Trump’s mouth. Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency had to issue an official warning not to use disinfectants to treat coronavirus after their hotline received more than 100 calls. And this morning, Dettol, Reckitt Benckiser Plc., the maker of Lysol, felt the need to warn “under no circumstances” should its disinfectants be introduced in the human body through injection, ingestion, or any other method.
Even a group of four-year-olds released this warning:
By now, many of you have heard Donald Trump making medical recommendations from the White House,” the statement read. “It’s important for you to know that these recommendations have no basis in medical or scientific fact.”
“Right now, millions of you are stuck at home with nothing to do,” the statement continued. “Still, that’s no excuse to do anything that Donald Trump tells you to do.”
The four-year-olds’ communiqué ended with a general advisory for the future: “Whenever Donald Trump tells you to do something, ask yourself: If Donald Trump jumped off a bridge, would you jump off a bridge? Of course not.”
Okay, that last bit was satire courtesy of The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz, but I hope you get the picture. I can’t even believe I had to write this.