‘Stupid is as stupid does’
In 1963, Universal Studios released a film entitled “The Ugly American” based on the ‘50s political novel by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer about the failures of the U.S. diplomatic corps in Southeast Asia, particularly Indo China.
These days, Netflix or Amazon should maybe commission a television series called “Stupid Americans” based on the hilarioust findings of a survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the insane things Americans desperados are doing to avoid contracting Covid19. But hey, it might just turn out to be a hit.
Get this, about one-third of Americans surveyed by the CDC have indulged in one or another “risky cleaning behavior” to cope with the deadly coronavirus.
Some have been putting bleach in their food. Others have been gargling or inhaling it. Still others have been bathing themselves with assorted household cleaning and disinfectant products like Clorox, Lysol or Purell, would you believe?
But who can blame these people, especially if they’re hillbillies living way up in the boondocks? It’s what their president is telling them to do.
Last April, President Trump used his bully pulpit in the White House to suggest that household disinfectants, such as the ones found in Walmart, Target or CVS, could be used to treat Covid19. For which he was soundly lambasted by the medical community.
Clorox, Lysol etc. are hazardous substances and can be fatal if ingested, they said in a furious collective pushback to his statements. Even external exposure can be really bad to the eyes, skin and respiratory system of humans.
“It can definitely be a fatal event,” according to the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System regarding injecting bleach or highly concentrated rubbing alcohol because it may lead to massive organ failure and cause blood cells in the body to burst, after their hotline was flooded with questions concerning Trump’s statements.
It got so bad that even the makers of Lysol and Clorox were obliged to put out full-page ads in several newspapers pleading with consumers not drink or inject their products.