Do NOT try this at home: Florida politician apologizes after claiming that blowing a hair dryer up your nose kills the coronavirus because it ‘can’t survive temperatures of 136 degrees’
- Suggestion was made by Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper
- Culpepper told county meeting on Friday he heard doctor say it on cable news
- He claimed coronavirus could not live at temperatures greater than 136 degrees
- Holding a blow dryer up against your face ‘kills viruses in your nose,’ he said
- On Monday, Culpepper posted an apology to his Facebook page after backlash
- ‘I will not offer any more suggestions unless they are tried and proven,’ he wrote
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
A local official in Florida has apologized for suggesting that placing a blow dryer up one’s nose cures coronavirus.
Bryant Culpepper, the commissioner of Okeechobee County, stunned colleagues during a meeting on Friday when he brought up possible treatments for coronavirus that he said he saw on a cable news channel.
Culpepper claimed coronavirus could not live at temperatures greater than 136 degrees Fahrenheit so he advised people to treat themselves with the common haircare product.
He said he saw a doctor recommend this during an appearance on the One America News Network (OANN).
Bryant Culpepper (orange shirt), the commissioner of Okeechobee County, Florida, said during a meeting on Friday that hair dryers could cure coronavirus
‘I said how would you get the temperature up to 136 degrees? The answer was you use a blow dryer,’ he said.
‘You hold a blow dryer up to your face and you inhale through your nose and it kills all the viruses in your nose,’ Bryant said, citing a study into the virus, although it is unclear what study he was referencing.
‘One of the things pointed out in this interview with one of the foremost doctors that has studied the coronavirus said that the nasal passages and the nasal membranes are the coolest part of the body.
‘That’s why the virus tends to go there until it then becomes healthy enough to go into the lungs.’
Medical professionals and health experts have warned against this theory and said a hairdryer will do nothing to prevent Covid-19, the official name for the new strain of coronavirus currently sweeping the world.
Culpepper said that he learned of the ‘cure’ while watching a segment on the cable news channel One America News Network. He is seen right posing with a six-pack of Corona beer
‘False! Please Don’t. Our nose carries bacteria, as part of normal flora. Those bacteria may bet confused,’ Faheem Younus, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Maryland tweeted, debunking the false claim.
The World Health Organization has also said hand dryers cannot kill the virus, which can still be transmitted in hot climates.
After Culpepper’s comments were blasted online, the commissioner doubled down on Facebook, writing: ‘No one is holding a gun to your head to do anything you do not want to do but for some, they don’t have a lot of options.’
Culpepper on Monday posted an apology on his Facebook page after his comments sparked a backlash
‘I am Heartfully Sorry for the comments I made on Social Media,’ he wrote. ‘I was only trying to give comfort to those in Okeechobee who have no insurance to treat their families’
‘All this wonderful Science you believe in yet Thousands die every day from Cancer, Leukemia, ALS so why haven’t they been cured with all the Scientist working on for years. Go ahead and laugh all you want and feel like fools when I am proven right.’
However, Culpepper has since issued an apology after widespread mockery online.
‘I am Heartfully Sorry for the comments I made on Social Media. I was only trying to give comfort to those in Okeechobee who have no insurance to treat their families.’
‘I will not offer any more suggestions unless they are tried and proven. I ask for All of your forgiveness for anything offensive that I uttered during these exchanges.’
Earlier this month, as news of the spread of the coronavirus began to dominate headlines, Culpepper posted a photo on his Facebook page showing him posing with a six-pack of Corona beer.
Coronavirus has now infected more than 41,000 Americans and killed 476.