Dr Hilary Jones has rubbished Donald Trump’s bizarre theory that disinfectant could be used to cure coronavirus symptoms by injection in a stirring rant on Good Morning Britain with Lorraine this morning.
The medical expert was sat with Lorraine Kelly, discussing the news that the US President ruminating that disinfectant injections and ultraviolet light could be used to help fight COVID-19, since he believes heat, sunlight and humidity can kill the particles of the virus.
Lorraine and Dr Hilary joked that, upon seeing the clip, their faces resembled the shocked emoji face, but the TV doctor also took the time to warn people to not listen to this so-called advice.
‘Of course don’t do that at home,’ Dr Hilary told viewers. ‘I mean, it’s a poison.
‘And then ultraviolet light? This is because he thinks the sun emanates from an orifice in is body, obviously.’
He continued: ‘It’s just ridiculous. It would be funny if it weren’t quite so serious.’
Trump said: ‘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 out, but you’re going to test it.’
The president, who has no scientific qualifications, continued: ‘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.
‘And then 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.’ He has since been condemned over worries people will follow his advice and potentially cause themselves serious harm.
Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate boss William Bryan said Thursday that bleach and concentrated alcohol solutions can both kill coronavirus. Both liquids are only intended to remove Covid-19 from surfaces, and are highly dangerous to ingest.
White House coronavirus coordinator Dr Deborah Birx also tried to highlight issues with President Trump’s theory, by saying that exposure to sunlight could help people suffering from fever, but that techniques to get UV light under the skin have yet to be invented.
Bryan shared new findings from research with the prestigious Johns Hopkins University showing that coronavirus particles can die within 90 seconds if exposed to direct sunlight when temperatures are over 70f (21c). But Bryan cautioned against ignoring current social distancing measures, and said surfaces which are in the shade can still harbor coronavirus, even during warmer weather.
Earlier this morning, Dr Hilary r also rubbished claims that home-made face masks could help protect you from coronavirus.
Explaining that ‘good’ masks should be reserved for frontline staff, he insisted it’s ‘less clear’ whether people will get ‘any benefit’ from wearing protection to do their shopping.
He said: ’In terms of homemade masks, made of cloth, scarves or paper… The evidence is that they’re next to useless because the virus passes straight through them.
‘There are many masks you can buy that are anti-bacterial… We’re not talking about a bacterial, we’re talking about a virus.’
At the time of writing, there are currently over 130,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK and over 18,000 deaths. Worldwide, confirmed cases have now passed two million.
Good Morning Britain with Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.
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