Dr Hilary explores use of microwave oven to kill coronavirus as he address worrying query

Taking questions from the public on TalkRADIO, Dr Jones appeared shocked when caller Joyce asked him whether microwaving food or packaging would kill coronavirus. Visibly confused by the question, the expert warned there was no need to microwave packaging when you can simply throw it away and wash your hands. On food, however, he admitted that anything warmed above 60C would be free of the deadly virus.

He said: “Microwave is a form of energy which is able to warm up food, probably sterilise it against certain bacteria.

“But I think the virus is unpredictable.

“Packaging? Why would you microwave packaging?

“Just throw the packaging away and then wash your hands.

“That’s a much more efficient way of dealing with the virus on packaging.

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“In terms of the food itself, then the microwave would heat it to temperatures that would kill the virus anyway.

“Anything over 60C is likely to kill the virus.”

Appearing on ITV Good Morning Britain on Friday morning, Dr Jones also addressed US President Donald Trump’s shocking suggestion the virus could be killed by injecting humans with disinfectant or using ultraviolet light.

He told Lorraine Kelly, 60, his reaction was one of shock when he listened to what the American leader was talking about.

“Of course don’t do that at home. I mean, it’s a poison,” he said.

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“And then ultraviolet light? This is because he thinks the sun emanates from an orifice in his body, obviously.

“It’s just ridiculous. It would be funny if it weren’t quite so serious,” the medical professional added.

Dr Hilary also slammed the ideas as “crazy” after President Trump explained how disinfectant and ultraviolet light could be used as a treatment.

His reaction was echoed by doctors and health experts across the world who urged people not to drink or inject disinfectant on Friday after Donald Trump suggested scientists should investigate inserting the cleaning agent into the body.

“[This is an] absolutely dangerous crazy suggestion,” said Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at Britain’s University of East Anglia.


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“You may not die of COVID-19 after injecting disinfectant, but only because you may already be dead from the injection.”

Donald Trump said at his daily media briefing on Thursday that scientists should explore whether inserting light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected with the new coronavirus might help them clear the disease.

“Is there a way we can do something like that by injection, inside, or almost a cleaning?” he said. “It would be interesting to check that.”

Parastou Donyai, director of pharmacy practice and a professor of social and cognitive pharmacy at the University of Reading, said Trump’s comments were shocking and unscientific.

He said people worried about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes should seek help from a qualified doctor or pharmacist, and “not take unfounded and off-the-cuff comments as actual advice”.

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