I was horrified yesterday when our “stable genius” of a president mentioned injecting disinfectant to get rid of the coronavirus. You just know some numbskull out there is going to try it and quite possibly die in the attempt. After all, Trump’s persistent mention of the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine* resulted in one man’s death when he ingested chloroquine phosphate, used to clean aquariums, in an effort to ward off the virus. All because the President of the United States had repeatedly touted it — and still does.
A subsequent study of chloroquine diphosphate in patients with Covid-19 was cut short after an interim analysis showed “a higher dosage of chloroquine diphosphate for 10 days was associated with more toxic effects and lethality.”
Even now I can’t get out of my head the image of some ill-informed individual searching desperately for a syringe and a bottle of Clorox, either for his own use or for someone in his family. A child, perhaps.
The man in the White House is an idiot. A dangerous, irresponsible idiot. If he won’t shut up, the press can at least ignore him. Don’t put him on tv, don’t air his press conferences, and don’t report his dangerous suggestions. He’ll keep tweeting, of course, but an idea as dangerous as injecting disinfectant should never see the light of day.
*Chloroquine was approved by the FDA in 1949 to treat malaria. Its derivative, hydroxychloroquine, is often used by doctors to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.