Before the Coronavirus crisis, President Donald J. Trump guided the nation through another dark time, the era of the Tide Pod challenge. The TPC if you’ll recall, was a challenge posed by some youth to see how many of the candy colored Tide detergent pods they could ingest before sickness or death. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the president who has yet to mobilize a coherent national plan during this pandemic actually suggested that, “an “injection” of disinfectant into a person infected with the coronavirus as a deterrent to the virus during his daily briefing Thursday.
NBC News reports: Trump made the remark after Bill Bryan, who leads the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology division, gave a presentation on research his team has conducted that shows that the virus doesn’t live as long in warmer and more humid temperatures. Bryan said, “The virus dies quickest in sunlight,” leaving Trump to wonder whether you could bring the light “inside the body.”
“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked because of the testing,” Trump said, speaking to Bryan during the briefing. “And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too. I see the disinfectant that 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? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
The response on social media was predictively hysterical. Hollywood producer Seth Grahame-Smith wrote on Twitter: Dear @realDonaldTrump I’ve eaten 7 tide pods and my wife is sticking her head in the oven and neither of us feels any better yet PLEASE EXPLAIN??”
Dear @realDonaldTrump I've eaten 7 tide pods and my wife is sticking her head in the oven and neither of us feels any better yet PLEASE EXPLAIN??
— Seth Grahame-Smith (@sethgs) April 23, 2020
While the Official site of Washington Military Department and its Emergency Management Division tweeted, “Please don’t eat tide pods or inject yourself with any kind of disinfectant. If you do need help with #COVID19 issues, we have lots of resources at coronavirus.wa.gov Just don’t make a bad situation worse.”
Please don't eat tide pods or inject yourself with any kind of disinfectant.
Just don't make a bad situation worse.
— WA Emergency Management (@waEMD) April 23, 2020
Watch the briefing below.