NEWS DIGEST 24.04.2020: Trump’s coronavirus bleach cure lambasted by doctors



Today’s news digest is brought to you via Google News services. American president Donald Trump has come under fire from the medical community after suggesting that using bleach and blasts of ultraviolet light to cure people of coronavirus, with doctors calling the presidential suggestion ‘irresponsible’ and ‘dangerous’ and warning that people who follow this advice could die from chemical poisoning. The president mentioned that further research and tests into whether injecting COVID-19 patients with disinfectant could cure them from coronavirus, according to Britain’s Sky News media outlet – Coronavirus: Trump under fire for suggesting disinfectant as COVID-19 treatment (Sky News)

BBC News also covered the Trump treatment debacle, saying that the president was lambasted by the medical community. Disinfectants are poisonous if ingested and even skin contact with such chemicals is strongly advised against. At a briefing at the White House held yesterday, Trump based his widely-mocked suggestion off of government research that stated bleach could kill the SARS-CoV-19 virus within five minutes, although isopropyl alcohol was found to be faster in dispatching coronavirus in human mucus and saliva – Coronavirus: Outcry after Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment (BBC News)

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The Guardian also covered the story, saying that Trump’s musings could lead to more deaths, while medical experts denounced them as ‘dangerous’, with one doctor describing the bleach treatment idea as ‘jaw-dropping’. “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute,” Trump said. “One minute! And is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that. So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”Coronavirus: medical experts denounce Trump’s latest ‘dangerous’ treatment suggestion (The Guardian)

Television welcomes the release of the UK drama series Normal People, with Daisy Edgar-Jones playing the lead character Marianne in the on-screen adaptation of the 2018 best-seller book by Sally Rooney. According to Sky News, the actor says she is feeling some pressure as the series goes to air as she thinks that people who have read the book will be bringing in their own expectations of how the series will be. Quoted in the article, Edgar-Jones commented: “I definitely feel pressure, because I know that she’s such a special character to a lot of people, and rightly so. A lot of people will have a very clear idea of who they think she is and how she should be played,” she said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done, but I do also feel a bit nervous about it – I just I don’t want to disappoint people because I think it’s such a beautiful story and people love it, so it’s a mixture of feelings.”Normal People star feeling pressure as adaptation of the hugely popular book airs (Sky News)

Meanwhile, Sky plc.’s sister company Sky Sports has launched its official online ‘ultimate guide’ for 2020’s NFL Draft, one of the biggest events in the American football calendar, and the US equivalent of the UK’s football (soccer) transfer season. Teams across the National Football League will be selecting their new rosters, despite many sports fixtures and tournaments being cancelled and postponed due to the pandemic – NFL Draft 2020: The ultimate guide (Sky Sports)

Today also marks the first day of the Muslim month of Ramadan, where the faithful abstain from consuming food and drink for thirty days, while reflecting deeply on their beliefs. This will be the first Ramadan during the global coronavirus outbreak, with many mosques closed and congregational prayers stopped. BBC News examines what life will be like for Muslims fasting under lockdown conditions as part of their ongoing coverage of the pandemic – World’s Muslims face Ramadan under lockdown (BBC News)



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