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Expert: Bleach, Sunlight WILL Kill Coronavirus – On Surfaces (Do Not Consume)


Following a firestorm over President Donald Trump’s contention that sunlight, bleach and household cleaning disinfectants might rid victims of COVID-19, it turns out the items might actually be effective in killing the coronavirus — only not in people. Homeland Security official Bill Bryan says bleach kills the coronavirus on hard surfaces in about five minutes. Although it’s not exactly clear what it would do to the virus in a person, it really doesn’t matter — because ingesting or injecting bleach would leave a person with bigger fish to fry, says cleaner manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser. “We must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body,” a statement from the company reads. As far as sunlight goes, Bryan says, “The virus dies the quickest in the presence of direct sunlight. Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both surfaces and in the air.” Although Trump suggested using concentrated ultraviolet light against the virus in infected patients, the National Academy of Sciences says ultraviolet light can damage skin — and even worse, lead to cancer.

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