Spraying Disinfectants in Streets is Harmful : Says WHO

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Spraying disinfectant in streets, public transportation vehicles, and other spaces to try to kill the coronavirus can do more harm than good, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Also,  spraying people “is a very bad idea,” the WHO said  in an updated infection control advisory.

Spraying streets and people with a disinfectant is harmful to health: WHO

spraying disinfectant on streetThe entity warned that exposing people to these chemicals can cause eye injury and skin irritation.

Spraying disinfectants in streets, public transportation vehicles, and other spaces to try to kill the coronavirus can do more harm than good, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Also,  spraying people “is a very bad idea,” the WHO said  in an updated infection control advisory.

The WHO cited studies showing that trying to spray bleach or other chemicals  over a wide area is ineffective.  The same is true for disinfection with ultraviolet light, the agency said.

“Spraying disinfectants  can cause risks to the eyes,  respiratory or skin irritation, and the resulting health effects,” he added.

“In no case is it recommended to spray people with disinfectant,” since this “could be physically and psychologically dangerous and would not reduce the ability of an infected person to spread the virus through droplets or by contact.”

Along the same lines, they pointed out that “it is not recommended to spray or fumigate outdoor spaces, such as streets or markets, to kill the Covid-19 virus  or other pathogens as the disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris and it is not possible to manually clean remove all organic matter from such spaces ”, concluded the WHO.

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