In a press conference this week, President Trump suggested that doctors should look into the possibility of injecting people with disinfectants to fight the coronavirus. Many people found the suggestion to be patently absurd. However, a respiratory therapist says not so fast. Do they have a point? Let’s investigate.
First, it’s important to note that we have to take this person’s word that they are indeed a respiratory therapist. Second, I can’t help but notice that their Facebook post isn’t shared. Instead, it’s a “copy and paste”. I can’t determine if this lends or subtracts credibility. If I spoke as a medical professional, making my post shareable would allow people to see my credentials. A good thing. However, it would allow them to also see where I work. The author of this submission probably wants to hide that information.
A Respiratory Therapist Defends President Trump.
So as a Respiratory Therapist….I watched the clip about the “disinfectant that Trump talking about”. People need to listen closely….and before I say this, I will tell you that I am not registered to vote and I don’t vote. I am neutral.
This defense is completely apolitical. No skin in the game. Just a casual observation from a medical professional.
He is basically brain storming for an idea to help the lungs. He stated that the disinfectant kills the virus in one minute, so he proposed the question can we inject disinfectant (not Lysol), he used the word “disinfectant” …in the lungs, but that is for the doctors to figure out. Now a lay person like Trump will say disinfectant and a medical person would say “medicine”.
Here we have it. We’re getting hung up on highly specialized clinical terminology that the average layperson wouldn’t know. Like (and I love how they put it in quotes) “medicine”. Great point. I remember my doctor writing me a prescription and I was unable to get it filled because I couldn’t find the attendant in the household cleaning products section at Walmart. Turns out they keep it in a different place under another highly specialized clinical name unknown to us laypeople, the “pharmacy”.
The technical language increases.
Medicine dumped into the lungs happens all the time! I personally have dumped respiratory medicine down an Endotracheal tube directly into the lungs. When babies are born prematurely, guess what? Yes we “inject” the lungs with a medicine called surfactant that helps keep the alveoli open to oxygenate the lungs. Antibiotics are sometimes injected into infected parts of lungs through a chest tube.
Medicine gets “dumped” into the lungs. Another highly technical medical term that a layperson like Trump wouldn’t know. Hence, he opted for the slang term “injected”. Right?
So what I want the general public to know, is that we do “inject” medicine into peoples lungs, that yes act like a disinfectant (antibiotics), so why is everyone in uproar over this? If you are a lay person and don’t understand what he said then ask a medical person. His statement was so twisted around and misinterpreted, and this is coming from a Respiratory Therapist that has injected medicine in peoples lungs.
They say his statement has been “twisted around and misinterpreted”. I assume by people who twisted “disinfectants” into “disinfectants” instead of properly interpreting the word as “medicine”?
Lysol brand has perpetrated misinformation and panicked the general public who doesn’t know anything about lungs. And Trump never used the word “Lysol”. So why did Lysol brand think he was talking about them, that’s narcissistic on their part. Why would Lysol brand embrace that? they look ignorant. So people, yes we do inject medicine into the lungs! This is why people need to know the facts and stop panicking people.”
Those narcissists over at Lysol heard “disinfectants” and assumed he was speaking about disinfectants. However, they don’t explain why the medical community didn’t assume he meant “medicine” and say “excellent idea, Mr. President”. I guess they’re humble like that.
Dismissing our resident Respiratory Therapist.
If you’re a Trump supporter, perhaps you noticed my sarcasm and want to dismiss me as a smartass. Fair enough. However, did you notice these things when this person posted it seriously and dismiss them as a dumbass? You should have.
However, this is widely shared by supporters of the President. Why? It is one of the most ridiculous things I have seen. If this is written by a college educated, nonpartisan medical professional, God help us. We might as well run up the white flag of surrender to COVID-19. After all, didn’t the President say the virus was a genius?
One of the most common praises from Trump supporters is that he says what he means. So stop trying to make up meanings for what he says. Furthermore, one of the top complaints is that his words are taken out of context. So stop trying to put his words in your context.
President Trump says idiotic stuff all of the time. If you’re cool with that, embrace it. Or, make excuses for it. Perhaps he was tired. He’s working hard on this problem. Hence, he’s losing sleep and didn’t think it through.
When you make excuses like this for his psychobabble, you make yourself look even more foolish than he made himself look. You don’t have to stop supporting him because he said something dumb. Just don’t complicate the matter by making it appear that his supporters have even less sense than he does.