Why does the Dettol website, as of this morning, have this banner plastered all over its homepage telling you not to drink or inject its products?
And why did Lysol feel the need to release the following statement, also this morning?
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).”
Donald Trump’s coronavirus press briefing of 23 April is why.
Trump had heard that UV light kills coronavirus, so he counselled doctors to look into treating the virus by “bringing a light inside the body”.
Having presented his revelatory idea, he turned to Dr Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the coronavirus response, so that she could shower him with praise and adulation, but he was met only with a stony stare.
“Have you heard of the heat and the light relative to this virus?” he asked her.
“Not as a treatment,” she replied, a diplomatic sidestep that could be interpreted either as “What an innovative and ingenious suggestion” or as quite the opposite, according to the wishes of the listener.
Nor was he out of brilliant ideas yet. For Donald Trump is a veritable forge of innovative thought and the White House will surely be the crucible of humankind’s victory in the face of viral apocalypse. His next proposal, met with the sound of jaws hitting floors around the world, was that because disinfectant kills the virus, maybe patients should be injected with disinfectant.
Phil Rucker, of the Washington Post, pointed out that people are looking to the president for information and guidance, not for rumours.
“Hey, Phil,” came the reply. “I’m the president, and you’re fake news”.
See it with your own eyes in the video below:
Of course, there will always be detractors, but what can you do? For example:
Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said: “It is incomprehensible to me that a moron like this holds the highest office in the land and that there exist people stupid enough to think this is OK. I can’t believe that in 2020 I have to caution anyone listening to the president that injecting disinfectant could kill you.”
Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former labor secretary, tweeted:
Why are these naysayers so eager to torpedo the president’s suggestions before they have even been tested? Here’s why:
“A man in Arizona died in late March after taking chloroquine phosphate – a substance used to clean fish tanks – after Trump repeatedly talked about hydroxychloroquine. The man’s wife told TV network NBC News he had been watching the president’s daily briefings.”
– Al Jazeera
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and it is the destiny of POTUS to say profound things that fall on deaf ears. Sometimes that is because those things are beyond the grasp of those ears, and sometimes it is because those ears have simply left the room: