Spraying Disinfectants Can Be ‘Harmful’, Says WHO

Spraying Disinfectants Can Be ‘Harmful’, Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned about the damage that could be caused to human health by spraying of disinfectant on people and the spraying of streets for COVID-19 management, assuring that this practice does not work to eliminate the new coronavirus.

Even if a person is potentially exposed with the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered the body, it said, adding there is no scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective even in disinfecting the outer clothing/body in an effective manner.

Through a statement on the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in the framework of the response to new coronavirus, WHO explained:

“Spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces, such as streets or marketplaces, is… not recommended to kill the COVID-19 virus or other pathogens because disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris,” the WHO said in its document.

Even in the absence of organic matter, chemical spraying is unlikely to properly cover all surfaces for the contact time necessary to deactivate pathogens. “

Furthermore, streets and sidewalks are not considered reservoirs of COVID-19 infection, “he adds, noting that” spraying disinfectant, even outdoors, can be dangerous to human health. “

The WHO stresses that “in no case is it recommended to spray people with disinfectant“Because this” could be physically and psychologically dangerous and would not reduce an infected person’s ability to spread the virus through droplets or by contact. “

Spraying of chlorine on individuals can lead to irritation of eyes and skin and potentially gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting. Inhalation of sodium hypochlorite can lead to irritation of mucous membranes to the nose, throat, respiratory tract and may also cause bronchospasm, the advisory said.