Trump promotes theory suggesting sunlight can kill coronavirus

Trump however mused about ways that light could attack the virus. He said to Bryan, “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 of the body, which you could do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you were going to test that, too. Sounds interesting.”

“Then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?”

Trump, in response to a reporter’s question, also said he hadn’t backed off from hydroxychloroquine as a treatment. He hasn’t spoken of the malaria drug much in the last week or so, and it remains unproven. Some reports have said it can be harmful for some coronavirus patients, particularly if they have certain heart conditions.

Peter Hotez, a leading vaccine and tropical disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine, tweeted, “Information presented at WH Press briefing should not be considered evidence of virus slowing or seasonality. Just look at what’s happening now in Ecuador.” That’s one of several warm-weather countries around the globe with a severe or ongoing outbreak.