In March, the WHO (World Health Organization) created a lot of confusion by claiming that Coronavirus is not airborne now claims the organization may be “harmful” to spray disinfectants.
Spraying disinfectants by-large reflects a bad idea. Spraying on the streets, malls, and other public areas as practiced in many Asian countries but it does not eliminate the coronavirus, instead – it poses a health risk, WHO warned on Saturday.
“The spraying or fumigation of open areas, such as streets or marketplaces, is… not recommended to destroyCOVID-19 virus or other pathogens because soil and debris inactivate the disinfectant,” states the WHO.
The paper further stresses that spraying of non-infected persons in no conditions is recommended. Spraying can be physically dangerous and does not diminish an infected person’s ability to transmit the virus. The virus spreads through droplets or by touch. Even the paper notes that spraying can be psychologically damaging.
“Also without organic matter, it is impossible that chemical spraying can sufficiently cover all surfaces for the duration of the necessary contact period needed to inactivate pathogens.
The WHO says in another paragraph in the text,
“If disinfectants need to be applied, this should be done with a disinfectant soaked cloth or clean”
It should also be pointed out that in early March, people around the world, particularly Indians, raised concern about the activities of public spray.
— Kannan Gopinathan (@naukarshah) March 30, 2020