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UK Health Officials Warn People against Using Unproven Treatment after Trump's Disinfectant Remarks

US President Donald Trump (Reuters)

US President Donald Trump (Reuters)

Trump's remarks on Thursday about whether it would be possible to inject light and disinfectant into the body to cure the disease sparked outrage among experts and medical professionals.

British health officials on Friday warned the public against using unproven treatments for COVID-19 after US President Donald Trump suggested injecting patients with disinfectant.

Trump's remarks on Thursday about whether it would be possible to inject light and disinfectant into the body to cure the disease sparked outrage among experts and medical professionals.

Asked specifically about the comments, England's deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said she had no "specific message" for the US president.

"I'd have the specific message to anybody who suggested they should be injecting anything into their bodies," she told a daily briefing on the government's response to the outbreak.

"Clearly we would not support it from a medical professional perspective. "It is really important that people use appropriate treatments that are evidence-based and tested... that we know will be safe," she said.

British researchers this week began human trials into a possible vaccine for COVID-19, and work is under way to determine whether existing drugs can help treat the illness.

With the United States, Britain has reported high numbers of positive cases and deaths. Latest figures showed there were 19,506 hospital deaths since the pandemic began.

But the real figure is expected to be higher once deaths in the community are taken into account.

first published:April 24, 2020, 22:55 IST