2021-April-20 08:29
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2020-October-2  18:05

Bizarre Coronavirus Treatments Trump Recommended as He Catches It Himself

TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump suggested coronavirus could be treated with ultraviolet rays or 'disinfectant injections' before falling sick the virus himself.

The US President prompted alarm when he touted bizarre methods to fight the virus with no basis in medical research, The Mirror reported.

And at least one person died drinking fish tank cleaner mistaken for hydroxychloroquine, after the leader recommended the anti-malarial as a preventive drug without scientific basis.

The president made the comments about disinfectant in a bizarre press briefing in April.

Now he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the virus themselves, just weeks out from the presidential elections.

But the Internet cannot seem to resist reminding him he once declared the virus a hoax- and later touted potentially dangerous treatments for COVID-19.

The president tweeted the news of his diagnosis on Friday, confirming he and his wife would begin the "quarantine and recovery process" immediately.

But amid the well-wishes from supporters and fellow world leaders, Twitter reminded Trump of his blunders.

Hordes of followers scathingly tweeted memes suggesting Trump drink bleach to "cure" himself of the deadly bug.

They were referring to his extraordinary remarks at a press conference in April, in which he mused, "Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous... whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light," adding, "Supposing we brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. Sound interesting."

"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..." he said, adding, "As you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs."

His comments led the makers of cleaning product Lysol to issue a statement warning, "Under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).”

Trump was widely condemned over his recommendations, which had no basis in medical evidence, as he touted drugs linked to a surge in Americans trying to ingest household cleaning products.

He quickly distanced himself from the press briefing comments, insisting he had not been urging people to drink or inject disinfectant.

However poisons helplines around the States soon reported significant surges in calls as people ingested cleaning products.

Trump had also been touting hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against the virus - despite an absence of solid scientific research supporting its use.

The president claimed to have been taking the anti-malarial drug himself as a regime to protect against the virus.

It has since been shown to be ineffective as a preventive option or treatment for COVID-19.

However that clarification came too late for one American man who died after drinking fish tank cleaner , believing it contained the drug.

Arizona couple Gary and Wanda Lenius both in their 60s, drank chloroquine phosphate last month after confusing it for hydroxychloroquine

Garry died on March 22 and his wife was left in critical condition after they ingested the toxic chemical.

Lenius said she had watched televised briefings during which

The leader's stance on the virus today is a far cry from earlier in the pandemic, where he insisted the the threat from the pandemic was low.

Trump was slow to endorse face mask policies, and his attitude was blamed for whipping up opposition to the coverings - which quickly became a politicised issue in the US.

He has also been criticised for continuing to desribe COVID-19 as the "China virus" in a reference to the original outbreak in Wuhan.

The reference to the country where the pandemic began is avoided by governments around the world amid concern Chinese people globally have suffered abuse and discrimination during the pandemic.

However Trump repeated the reference just this week during his fiery presidential campaign debate with rival Joe Biden.