During Thursday’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing, Bill Bryan, the head of the science and technology directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, presented the findings of the federal government’s study on sunlight, humidity and temperature’s effect on the coronavirus — as well as various disinfectants on the virus when it is on surfaces.
The president reacted to Bryan’s comments, suggesting that light and disinfectants may have the potential to treat COVID-19. However, the media and Democratic lawmakers took the president’s remarks “out of context”, according to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“Question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So 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,” President Trump asked Thursday, looking over at Bill Bryan.
“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 gonna test that, too. Sounds interesting, right?” the president asked.
He continued: “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, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number, so it will be interesting to check that. So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds, 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, that’s pretty powerful.”
After the President remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday, during a news conference, accused President Trump of asking the American people “to inject Lysol into their lungs”. Continued Below
Pelosi also appeared to read off prepared notes or a possible article, during her Friday briefing, and then told reporters: “We can kill the virus by injecting disinfectants like Lysol into the body. Clearly and sadly the president is not listening to medical experts. And I don’t know which ones he is listening to if any.”
It is not clear what exactly Pelosi was referencing in her notes.