Crackpot congressman Louis Gohmert claims medical workers in Texas are given a misting in a tent of a “magic powder” that cures them of coronavirus and keeps curing them for two weeks afterward. Health officials literally laughed at him, but it’s deadly serious. He has an audience, not only in Texas but nationally in the right-wing blogosphere and news media.
In a fact-check piece published in the Houston Chronicle, PolitiFact’s Madlin Mekelburg picks apart Gohmert for hyping up a miracle treatment for COVID-19 that he falsely claimed was being used to protect health care workers in Germany.
“It is being used in Germany as a mist,” Gohmert said in an interview with a local Texas news station earlier this month. “Health care workers go through a misting tent going into the hospital and it kills the coronavirus completely dead not only right then, but any time in the next 14 days that the virus touches anything that’s been sprayed it is killed.”…
And Thomas Ruttkowski, the spokesman for the German Society of Hospital Hygiene, literally laughed at Gohmert when told about his claim.
“I’m sorry, but we did not heard (sic) about that magic powder,” he wrote in an email to Mekelburg. “Thank you for your mail… Finally, something to laugh about.”
What on earth is coming next from these people?