Doctor urges UK to ignore Donald Trump’s call to inject disinfectant to kill coronavirus

The deputy chief medical officer for England, Dr Jenny Harries, criticsed remarks by the US President on Thursday. Speaking at the Number 10 press briefing on Friday afternoon, she said: “I wouldn’t have a specific message to Donald Trump. I would have a specific message to anybody who suggested they should be injecting anything into their bodies. From a medical professional perspective, it is really important people use appropriate treatments that are evidence-based and tested.

“We have very good programs that have been taken up very rapidly in this country, testing alternative treatments.

“Nobody should be injecting anything and we should be using evidence-based and trailed treatments we know will be safe.”

The Transport Secretary added the advice from Ms Harries was “perfectly clear”.

President Donald Trump has since said that he was being sarcastic when he raised the possibility of using disinfectant inside people’s bodies to fight coronavirus.

Trump hinted at his daily news briefing on Thursday that scientists should explore whether inserting light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected with the new coronavirus might help them treat the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

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