Coronavirus (904) Definition of infodemic (8)

16 August, 2020

Hi Chris and all

Chris, you wrote: 'Neil writes, "In April President Trump suggested that injection of disinfectant might be a good idea. Fortunately, not a single person (to my knowledge) acted on this." This is, alas, misinformation.'

A BBC news item quotes him as saying: "And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?" I've just reviewed the accompanying video and

confirm this is what Trump said. Exactly what he meant by that statement is unclear (like much of what he says) but it was widely interpreted and reported as suggesting that injection of disinfectant might be something worth testing.

Best wishes, Neil

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