"I see the disinfectant where it knocks it [coronavirus] out in a minute", said Trump, addressing William Bryan, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under secretary for Science and Technology. "As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that", the POTUS added, even though he didn't specify the kind of disinfectant to substantiate his claim.
The coronavirus appears to weaken more quickly when exposed to sunlight, heat and humidity, a US official said on Thursday in a potential sign that the pandemic could become less contagious in summer months.
But he cautioned that reduced spread did not mean the pathogen would be eliminated entirely and social distancing guidelines can not be fully lifted.
In a high-humidity environment, that weakened organism strength dropped to six hours and when the virus was exposed to high humidity and sunlight, it dropped to two minutes, he said.
"I hope people enjoy the sun".
"It's exceptionally risky", said Dr. Gupta about Trump touting bleach as a COVID-19 cure.
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But Green added that "without testing, it was very hard to give an absolute figure" on care home deaths. Last week, Unison said care-home residents were "facing a death sentence because staff lack PPE".
Bryan said there was no consideration of that.
"This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it's risky", Pulmonologist Dr Vin Gupta told NBC News.
Doctors warned the president's idea could have fatal results. "It's a common method that people utilize when they want to kill themselves".
A BBC report quoted another medic, John Balmes, a pulmonologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, as saying: "Inhaling chlorine bleach would be absolutely the worst thing for the lungs. It's a totally ridiculous concept".
Earlier in the month, scientific advisers told the White House there's no good evidence yet that the heat and humidity of summer will rein in the virus without continued public health measures. HHS research suggests that the virus inactivates quickly in the presence of direct sunlight and appears to survive best in indoor and dry conditions.
The foremost being - If the virus is less lethal in warmer temperatures, why has the death toll risen in countries like Singapore?
New York, April 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) Sunlight kills COVID-19 while warmer temperatures and humid weather significantly damage the virus, measured in terms of the virus' half life or the time it takes to cut its potency in half, according to the latest breakthrough research from the US Department of Homeland Security's most advanced bio containment lab, released at the White House here on Thursday.