According to Business Insider, the ex-reality TV star turned infamous president thinks he knows better than esteemed scientists and researchers when he insisted that his team of coronavirus response coordinators should focus on pseudo-science rather than an actual functioning cure.
The idea was sprung to him by William Bryan (thanks for this, Will), a science and technology adviser at the Department of Homeland Security. Trump was so enamoured by the thought of killing the virus with a “powerful light” that he suggested it to the White House podium. At the briefing he said,
“Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? It sounds interesting to me, so we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”
Bryan, for some reason, enabled him by saying there were “emerging” results that sunlight and heat could kill the virus, even though that is currently unsubstantiated by other researchers. Watch the clip below:
President Trump: “Suppose we hit the body with a tremendous light. That hasn’t been checked…”
“The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, & 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” pic.twitter.com/IixdLZU7um
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 23, 2020
Trump started celebrating the medical epiphany, believing that the virus might be gone come summer this year. However, when faced with criticism by his team, he simply replied, “I don’t know. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t. I’m not a doctor.”
While ultraviolet lights and other powerful light sources have been used for medical purposes before, there has been no concrete evidence to realise Trump’s idea. As of right now, medical practitioners and scientists are actively working on a vaccine and as far as we know, there is no “powerful light” involved.
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