Friday, April 24, 2020

Did He Actually Say That? Well, No - Not Really!

“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? 
Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. 
So it would be interesting to check that.”

Yes, we watched President Trump yesterday.
We can't say we heard him say every word that is quoted above.
But now some people have taken his quote out of context and are using it to suggest that Trump said we should inject (or even swallow) bleach or some other powerful household disinfectant to ward off or get rid of the coronavirus. In fact, he said nothing of the sort!
Here's what happened: The President had just heard a presentation from a medical expert about a study which shows that sunlight and disinfectants kill the COVID-19 virus and kill it quite quickly. It was an impressive report which addressed the powerful cleansing power of the sun's ultraviolet rays and/or disinfectants, particularly on non-porous surfaces. It was good news because it showed that COVID-19 has no special qualities or power to ward off such germ-killing factors.
He was impressed with what he heard.
Since there is a way to kill the virus outside the body, he brought up the notion that there might be a way to "cleanse" the cells inside the body -- something that would be "almost like a cleaning." He wasn't referring to actual household bleach or something like Lysol but what might be a virus-killer in the form of a medicine or some type of element that could be injected "inside" the body. He suggested this because "you see [the virus] gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs."
And, in fact, there are powerful drugs that you swallow or inject that now knock out germs and diseases.
The President is an out-of-the-box thinker. Unlike others, he does not necessarily dismiss ideas out of hand. And he's willing to try approaches (especially in dire, crisis-ridden situations such as this) that others might be reluctant to embrace. And he says "it would be interesting to check that." In fact, he's willing to check out anything and everything, if need be, to tackle this problem.
What's wrong with that? And, why is this so hard for some people to understand?
So to those who are twisting the President's words and deriding him and mocking him, we say: Shut up and listen. You may actually learn something!

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