Donald Trump mocked for coronavirus disinfectant injection suggestion

‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’: Twitter ruthlessly mocks Donald Trump for suggesting Covid-19 can be treated by injecting disinfectant

  • Trump brought up possible coronavirus treatments at White House briefing
  • Suggested that injection of disinfectant ‘knocks out’ the virus
  • And he added that the use of a ‘powerful’ light to combat coronavirus
  • One Twitter meme showed Trump speaking to boy mowing White House lawn
  • He asked: ‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’
  • Another depicted him as face of adverts for popular cleaning products 
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Social media users have ruthlessly ridiculed President Donald Trump’s suggestion that injections of disinfectant could be used to treat coronavirus patients. 

Trump brought up possible treatments including ‘injecting’ cleaning agents in the body and use of ultraviolet lights at Thursday’s White House press briefing.

The comment provoked one Twitter user to show Trump as if he was asking a boy mowing the White House Lawn, ‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’  

Social media users have ruthlessly ridiculed President Donald Trump’s suggestion that injections of disinfectant could be used to treat coronavirus patients

The President’s comments came following a briefing from William Bryan a senior Homeland Security science and technology advisor, who delivered a report claiming that ultraviolet rays and heat have a potent impact on the pathogen. 

The study also uncovered that bleach can destroy the virus in saliva within five minutes, while isopropyl alcohol took just a minute to kill it. 

But the President’s unorthodox suggestions provoked a flurry of other memes from  Twitter users.

One user depicted Trump with most of his hair missing, a patchy fake tan and his tie not done up.

Trump brought up possible treatments including ‘injecting’ cleaning agents in the body and use of ultraviolet lights at Thursday’s White House press briefing. Pictured: One of the memes dreamt up by Twitter users

Another portrayed Trump as the new face of adverts for cleaning product Cillit Bang

A third showed a glass filled with Dettol antiseptic liquid and an ice cube, with the caption, ‘Hey guys!!! It’s Dettol o’clock!!!’

Pretending to be Trump, they wrote: ‘Wash thirteen times a day in Domestos, dry yourself on a sunbed each time for two hours, then inject a quart of Dettol, it’s so simple, I’ve been doing it all my life and I look great, don’t I look great? people always say I look great.’ 

Another portrayed Trump as the new face of adverts for cleaning product Cillit Bang.

‘I hear Cillit Bang have a new advert. It’s so much better than Dettol and Domestos,’ they wrote.

Next to the image, a strap line from Trump read, ‘I’m Donald Trump, bang and the coronavirus is gone!’. 

And a third showed a glass filled with Dettol antiseptic liquid and an ice cube, with the caption, ‘Hey guys!!! It’s Dettol o’clock!!!’

The mockery came after Trump’s ideas were lambasted by the medical community

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Wow Trump is so clever. I don’t have Dettol but looking forward to my breakfast of nice chilled toilet cleaner and a bowl of Brillos’

Another image showed a cup of coffee alongside a bottle of Dettol hand sanitiser 

The mockery came after Trump’s ideas were lambasted by the medical community.

Pulmonologist Dr Vin Gupta warned the public on NBC News that Trump’s idea could have fatal consequences: ‘This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous.

‘It’s a common method that people utilise when they want to kill themselves.’ 

Joe Biden advised the president to focus on PPE and testing, rather than wild theories: ‘UV light? Injecting disinfectant? Here’s an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now. And protective equipment for actual medical professionals.’      

Speaking on Thursday evening, Trump asked Bryan: ‘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 but you’re going to test it.

‘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. Sounds interesting,’ Trump said. 

One user posted a photo of cleaning products alongside a cup of coffee and a syringe

Another pretended to spray Dettol Surface Cleanser into their mouth

Then he raised another possible treatment. ‘And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it 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,’ Trump said.

‘So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me,’ he said.

One of the memes which came after the President’s unorthodox suggestions yesterday

One woman showed herself as if she was about to swig from a bottle of Dettol

Agents that are commonly used to kill the virus in the environment, bleach and isopropyl alcohol, are both toxic to the body when ingested. 

Trump, who noted he is not a doctor, did not guarantee results on his line of inquiry about a possible treatment. 

‘So we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute  –that’s pretty powerful,’ he said.

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