‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’: Twitter ruthlessly mocks Donald Trump for Coved-19 disinfectant cure
Trump brought up possible treatments including ‘injecting’ cleaning agents in the body and use of ultraviolet lights at Thursday’s White House press briefing.
The comment provoked one Twitter user to show Trump as if he was asking a boy mowing the White House Lawn, ‘Have you injected your Dettol today?’
After the storm provoked by his comments, the company which makes Dettol said that ‘under no circumstances’ should disinfectants be injected or consumed.
The President’s comments came following a briefing from William Bryan a senior Homeland Security science and technology advisor, who delivered a report claiming that ultraviolet rays and heat have a potent impact on the pathogen.
The study also uncovered that bleach can destroy the virus in saliva within five minutes, while isopropyl alcohol took just a minute to kill it.
But the President’s unorthodox suggestions provoked a flurry of other memes from Twitter users.
One user depicted Trump, who is not medically qualified, as a doctor standing next to a patient who is connected to a Dettol drip.
Pretending to be Trump, they wrote: ‘Once I’ve pumped you full of disinfectant, I’ll zap you with this UV torch until you’re cured.
‘As a bonus you’ll end up with a glowing complexion like mine.’
And in a caption above the meme, they added: ‘You’re in good hands with sunlight, Dettol and Trump M.D. on your case!’
Another showed a woman pretending to swig from a bottle of Dettol. In a caption she wrote, ‘Getting on the #Dettol early.’
A third portrayed Trump as the new face of adverts for cleaning product Cillit Bang.
‘I hear Cillit Bang have a new advert. It’s so much better than Dettol and Domestos,’ they wrote.
Next to the image, a strap line from Trump read, ‘I’m Donald Trump, bang and the coronavirus is gone!’.
And a fourth showed a glass filled with Dettol antiseptic liquid and an ice cube, with the caption, ‘Hey guys!!! It’s Dettol o’clock!!!’
The mockery came after Trump’s ideas were lambasted by the medical community.
Pulmonologist Dr Vin Gupta warned the public on NBC News that Trump’s idea could have fatal consequences: ‘This notion of injecting or ingesting any type of cleansing product into the body is irresponsible and it’s dangerous.
‘It’s a common method that people utilise when they want to kill themselves.’
Joe Biden advised the president to focus on PPE and testing, rather than wild theories: ‘UV light? Injecting disinfectant? Here’s an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now. And protective equipment for actual medical professionals.’
Speaking on Thursday evening, Trump asked Bryan: ‘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.
‘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 going to test that too. Sounds interesting,’ Trump said.
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