The Reading / Listening - Disinfectant - Level 5

Doctors have strongly warned against using disinfectant to treat coronavirus. Their plea follows suggestions by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could be used to treat COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks [the virus] out in one minute....Is there a way we can do something like that by injection?...It gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs." Mr Trump said his comments had been made "sarcastically". The White House said the media took the comments out of context and wrote "negative headlines".

Disinfectants are toxic substances and can have fatal consequences if injected or ingested. The maker of the best-selling disinfectant, Lysol, warned that its product should "under no circumstance" be injected or ingested. The American Medical Association also joined in the chorus of concern. It said: "It is unfortunate that I have to comment on this, but people should under no circumstances ingest or inject bleach or disinfectant." It added: "Rest assured, when we eventually find a treatment for or vaccine against COVID-19, it will not be in the cleaning supplies aisle."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Disinfectant - Level 4 or  Disinfectant - Level 6

Sources
  • https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-trump-disinfectant-idUKKCN2261O5
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52399464
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-scientists-warning-trump-comments-134711945.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. strongly warned against
  2. disinfectant could be used
  3. it knocks the virus out
  4. Is there a way we can do
  5. It gets in
  6. his comments had been
  7. the media took the comments
  8. negative
  1. the lungs
  2. out of context
  3. to treat COVID-19
  4. headlines
  5. made sarcastically
  6. using disinfectant
  7. something like that
  8. in one minute

Paragraph 2

  1. Disinfectants are toxic
  2. have fatal
  3. The maker of the best-selling
  4. joined in the chorus of
  5. It is unfortunate that I have to
  6. when we eventually
  7. vaccine
  8. it will not be in the cleaning
  1. disinfectant
  2. find a treatment
  3. comment on this
  4. supplies aisle
  5. substances
  6. against COVID-19
  7. concern
  8. consequences

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors have (1) ___________________ using disinfectant to treat coronavirus. Their (2) ___________________ by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could be (3) ___________________ COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks [the virus] out in one minute....Is there a way we can do something like (4) ___________________?...It gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs." Mr Trump said his comments had (5) ___________________. The White House said the media took the comments (6) ___________________ and wrote "negative headlines".

Disinfectants (7) ___________________ and can have fatal consequences if injected or ingested. The maker of the best-selling disinfectant, Lysol, warned that its product should "(8) ___________________ " be injected or ingested. The American Medical Association also joined (9) ___________________ of concern. It said: "It is unfortunate that I have to comment on this, but people should under no circumstances (10) ___________________ bleach or disinfectant." It added: "Rest assured, when we eventually (11) ___________________ for or vaccine against COVID-19, it will not be in the (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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virus.TheirpleafollowssuggestionsbyUSPresidentDonaldTrumpthat
disinfectantcouldbeusedtotreatCOVID-19.PresidentTrumpsaid:"Is
eethedisinfectant,whereitknocks[thevirus]outinoneminute....Isthe
reawaywecandosomethinglikethatbyinjection?...Itgetsinthelungsa
nditdoesatremendousnumberonthelungs."MrTrumpsaidhiscommen
tshadbeenmade"sarcastically".TheWhiteHousesaidthemediatookth
ecommentsoutofcontextandwrote"negativeheadlines".Disinfectant
saretoxicsubstancesandcanhavefatalconsequencesifinjectedoringe
sted.Themakerofthebest-sellingdisinfectant,Lysol,warnedthatitspr
oductshould"undernocircumstance"beinjectedoringested.TheAmeri
canMedicalAssociationalsojoinedinthechorusofconcern.Itsaid:"Itisu
nfortunatethatIhavetocommentonthis,butpeopleshouldundernocirc
umstancesingestorinjectbleachordisinfectant."Itadded:"Restassur
ed,whenweeventuallyfindatreatmentfororvaccineagainstCOVID-1
9,itwillnotbeinthecleaningsuppliesaisle."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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