Media went a little wild on Friday spreading the false story that President Donald Trump told people to inject themselves with disinfectants like bleach or Lysol.
That wasn’t what Trump actually said, as we previously reported. He didn’t suggest anyone inject bleach or Lysol. He was asking questions in the context of the presentation just given by the DHS undersecretary Bill Bryan about the benefit of sunlight or UV light to disinfect or kill the virus. He asked if there “something like that” that could work as a possible treatment.
Turns out, as we noted, there are also scientists who were exploring this very concept, using ultraviolet light to “disinfect” the lungs.
Many people shared a video showing the work of doctors at Cedar Sinai who have developed the “Healight.”
The video simply shows #Healight a first-in-class medical device developed by the MAST team at @CedarsSinai – it utilizes UV-A light as a potential treatment for #coronavirus $AYTU @MarkPimentelMD @RuchiMathurMD @AliRezaieMD @josh_disbrow @BioscienceAytu
— Ryan Swaggart (@ryan_swaggart) April 25, 2020
The idea is to administer ultraviolet light inside the bodies of patients inflicted with respiratory infections. The research team at Cedars-Sinai is currently working with the FDA to explore an expedited regulatory process to use the treatment as a possible medical intervention for those suffering from the Wuhan coronavirus.
They’re working with Aytu BioScience to help develop and market it.
The Healight technology employs proprietary methods of administering intermittent ultraviolet (UV) A light via a novel endotracheal medical device. Pre-clinical findings indicate the technology’s significant impact on eradicating a wide range of viruses and bacteria, inclusive of coronavirus.
“Our team has shown that administering a specific spectrum of UV-A light can eradicate viruses in infected human cells (including coronavirus) and bacteria in the area while preserving healthy cells,” stated Dr. Pimentel of Cedars-Sinai. Ali Rezaie, MD, one of the inventors of this technology states, “Our lab at Cedars-Sinai has extensively studied the effects of this unique technology on bacteria and viruses. Based on our findings we believe this therapeutic approach has the potential to significantly impact the high morbidity and mortality of coronavirus-infected patients and patients infected with other respiratory pathogens.
So, it sounds like scientists don’t think that Trump’s idea was all that silly, right? That they’re actually already working on it. There are also multiple other efforts underway looking at the use of UV light to kill the virus.
But this didn’t sit well with a New York Times reporter, Davey Alba, who says that she flagged the video to Youtube because people were spreading it in the wake of Trump’s comments.
I contacted YouTube about this video, which is being shared on tons of replies on Twitter & on Facebook, by people asserting that it backs up Trump's idea throwing it out there that UV rays kill coronavirus.
YouTube just said it removed it for violating its community guidelines. pic.twitter.com/gbs5Igq0yy
— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) April 24, 2020
How incredible is this? She’s literally tried to shut down a description of a possible therapy by enterprising scientists because it might actually back up what Trump said. And Youtube pulled it for “violating standards.” What standards? Being something that shows Trump might be right?
Fortunately, the video had already been downloaded everywhere and Aytu BioScience has a backup on their site. “For reasons still unclear.”
Many are now talking about UV light being used as a treatment for COVID-19. We are proud to have teamed up with @MarkPimentelMD and his team at @CedarsSinai. They developed Healight. Peer-reviewed data will be published in days, but here's how it works: https://t.co/9E6dyOkwhI
— Aytu_BioScience (@BioscienceAytu) April 24, 2020
It’s called media TDS and describes those who can’t stand to see Trump be right about anything and so are willing to censor actual science intended to help fight the virus.