The world is desperate for a cure for the Coronavirus. None is available at present.
Donald Trump is equally anxious to see this behind him because his re-election in November largely depends on it.
The US not only has the highest number of infections and deaths in the world, the economy has also been hit very hard.
Infections and deaths may not worry Trump as much as the number of unemployed because dead people don’t vote; only the living do.
By November, if the economic situation has not improved, Trump would be in deep trouble.
Data released on April 23 showed that 26 million Americans have lost their jobs in five weeks.
This is likely to continue to rise.
Trump has used his daily press briefings at the White House as a bully pulpit but in typical style, he frequently goes overboard.
On April 23 he outdid himself when he speculated on a possible new cure for Covid-19.
What did Donald Duck, the quack doctor, suggest as cure?
Heat and humidity, and injecting ultraviolet light or disinfectants into patients’ lung to cure them from the inside!
Sounding modest (a very difficult task for him), Trump admitted, “I’m not a doctor. I’m like a person who has a good you-know-what,” Trump said, pointing to his head.
The self-described “most-stable genius” insisted “the disinfectant knocks it out in a minute. One minute.”
This drew gasps of disbelief from the press corps that he has berated throughout as “lousy reporters”, and failing to ask “good questions” (read easy questions).
Medical professionals were equally aghast at Trump’s outlandish claims.
Reckitt Benckiser Group, that produces Lysol, immediately warned on its website that “under no circumstance” should disinfectant be administered into the human body through injection, ingestion or any other route.
Whether the virus kills a person or not, the disinfectant would cause serious internal damage and may even lead to death.
Washington state’s emergency management agency also warned against eating Tide pods or injecting disinfectant, tweeting, “don’t make a bad situation worse.”
Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, the renowned cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Reiner said that “the President needed to leave the medical analysis to the professionals and that his statements needed to be vetted because so many people listen to him.”
“If the President thinks that tanning beds are going to cure the coronavirus, it is a mistake, it’s not going to happen,” Reiner told CNN.