Fla. official falsely claims OAN hailed hair dryer as COVID-19 cure

Wearing protective equipment a research and development company worker works on the production of coronavirus testing kits in Gebze, northwestern Turkey, Monday, March 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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UPDATED 10:59 AM PT — Monday, March 23, 2020

A Florida politician is under fire for suggesting a hair dryer could help treat coronavirus. Last week, Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said blowing hot air from a hair dryer up your nose could treat or prevent coronavirus.

After facing backlash, the official claimed he saw this debunked method on One America News. However, OAN staffers have conducted a thorough review of content, including on-air and on the internet, and have found no association with Culpepper’s remarks.

Additionally, the official touted his own experience in his comments about hair dryers.

“This might sound kinda silly, but being in the medical field that I was as a paramedic, it started to make a lot of sense,” stated Culpepper. “…This was on OAN, One America News Network, which is the fastest growing national network on cable.”

One America News is currently in contact with Culpepper and it’s the networks understanding that he’s not sure of the actual source of his statement. The network will follow up on this story as it develops further.

FULL STATEMENT: OAN’s official response to claim made by a municipal official

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