The makers of Dettol and Lysol have requested people not to drink or inject the disinfectants to treat COVID-19 after a statement from President Donald Trump released. In the statement, he suggested researchers check whether a disinfectant can be injected into people to treat COVID-19 or not.
Reckitt Benckiser says,
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),”
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The White House blamed the media for distorting Trump’s remark. White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany says that media has run the President Trump statements with negative headlines, “President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing.”
William Bryan, who leads the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security said that scientists are testing the effect of disinfectants on the virus in the laboratory and they can execute the virus rapidly.
Previous researches provide no evidence about the effect of high humidity and warm temperature in decreasing the spread of the virus.
Bryan says that when a virus receives a warm environment, it cant stay alive there and sunlight has a powerful effect to kill the virus from both the surfaces and air. A new study from U.S. researchers supports this evidence that is not made public yet. A biocontainment lab in Maryland is working on the virus for three months.
Media questioned President Trump whether going outside in the heat is safe for people, taking into account several people who died in Florida.
President Trump answered,
“I hope people enjoy the sun. And if it has an impact, that’s great,” Trump replied, adding, “It’s just a suggestion from a brilliant lab by a very, very smart, perhaps brilliant man. I’m here to present ideas because we want ideas to get rid of this thing. And if heat is good, and if sunlight is good, that’s a great thing as far as I’m concerned,” the president said.
Bryan stressed that people shouldn’t think that summer months can eliminate the virus and social distancing rules can be lifted. And says,
“It would be irresponsible for us to say that we feel that the summer is just going to kill the virus and then if it’s a free-for-all and that people ignore those guides,”
Researchers gathered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine investigated studies done until now to test infection survival under various research center conditions. Also tracking where and how COVID-19 has spread up until now.
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Many countries in summer atmospheres like Iran and Australia are encountering rapid infection spread and a decrease in cases with high humidity and temperature somewhere should not be assumed.
The emergencies chief of the World Health Organization’s, Dr. Michael Ryan said,
“We have to assume that the virus will continue to have the capacity to spread, and it’s a false hope to say yes, it will just disappear in the summertime like influenza.”
Researchers noticed that during past ten influenza pandemics regardless of the season in which they started, all had a pinnacle second wave around a half year after the infection first emerged
If humidity and temperature affect the transmission of the virus, it may not be as evident as other respiratory infections for which there is probably some preexisting partial immunity.