Coronavirus has been devastating the world for a couple of months now (you know what I mean) and from what all the experts say, it doesn’t seem like a vaccine will be developed for at least 14 months or so, but one Florida politician has decided to announce that you can kill it with a blow dryer up your nose. Wonder what he knows that all the top scientists in the world don’t?
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Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper was speaking at an emergency meeting when he decided to let loose with this claim and we’ve even got video footage of it to prove that it isn’t someone making it up. Check this out and ask how someone can honestly say this with a straight face during a crisis like this:
Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper at emergency meeting says you can kill coronavirus by holding a blow dryer up to your nose after he saw it on “reliable source” OANN, warns “there’s a lot of baloney out there on social media” #BecauseFlorida pic.twitter.com/n9dGDBQ4WW
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) March 22, 2020
One of the things that was pointed out with one of the foremost doctors that has studied the coronavirus says that the nasal passages and 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.
This sounds really goofy, and it did to me too, but it works.
Once the temperature reaches 136 degrees Fahrenheit, the virus falls apart and disintegrates.
And I said, ‘How do you get the temperature up to 132 degrees?’
The answer was you use a blow dryer because it’s capable of doing that. So you hold a blow dryer in front of your face and you inhale with your nose and it kills all the virus within your nose
Yep, that definitely sounds goofy partner. I doubt anyone actually thought that this was a verified way to kill the virus – although we are in Florida so you can never be so sure – but thankfully a guy called Faheem Younus who specialises infectious diseases at the University of Maryland took to Twitter to debunk this claim:
8/10: I’ve heard that coronavirus thrives in cold sinuses. So if you blow-dry your nose with warm air, it kills the virus. True?
False! Please don’t. Our nose carries bacteria, as part of normal flora. Those bacteria may get confused:)
— Faheem Younus, MD (@FaheemYounus) March 18, 2020
Shortly after this, Culpepper himself (what a classic Florida name) also admitted his mistake and made the following apology via his Facebook page, pretty much admitting that he had been a complete and utter idiot about the whole thing:
I suppose his heart was in the right place, but you really can’t go around spreading ridiculous information like that, especially if you’re a politician in Florida when people are way more likely to believe you. I guess we’ll let him off with this apology though because he gave the rest of the world a lol when we could really do with one. Also, you can’t really stay mad at a guy called Bryant Culpepper who looks like that can you?
For more Florida, check out all the dumb things that have happened there over the years. What better time than now to get involved?