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MoHW Advisory against spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID19 management   Apr 22, 2020

Ministry of Health issues advisory against spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID 19 Management

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an advisory stating as follows:

Spraying of individuals or groups is NOT recommended under any circumstances. 

Spraying an individual or group with chemical disinfectants is physically and psychologically harmful.

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. Also there is no scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective even in disinfecting the outer clothing/body in an effective manner. 

 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. 

Additionally use of such measures may in fact lead to a false sense of disinfection & safety and actually hamper public observance to hand washing and social distancing measures.

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