The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday launched a warning about road sanitation in this coronavirus period. In fact, in addition to being ineffective, it can also be harmful to health.

In a document on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the response to the virus, WHO said that “pest control can be ineffective”. 

Breaking another myth, WHO said that roads and sidewalks are not considered coronavirus “infection reservoirs” , adding that disinfectant spray can be “dangerous to human health.”

“Sanitizing outdoor spaces, such as roads or markets, is not recommended to kill the Covid-19 virus or other pathogens because the disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris, ” said the world’s largest health organization.

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Coronavirus, does sanitizing the streets make sense? The WHO response

The World Health Organization adds: “Even in the absence of organic matter, chemical nebulization is unlikely to adequately cover all surfaces for the duration of the contact time required to inactivate the pathogens.

He stressed that spraying people with disinfectants “is not recommended under any circumstances “. WHO said chlorine spray or other toxic chemicals on people can cause eye and skin irritation, bronchospasm and gastrointestinal effects.

This could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected person’s ability to spread the virus through droplets or contact, ” said WHO .

If disinfectants are to be applied, this should be done with a cloth or a cloth soaked in disinfectant.”

However, precise information is currently not available for the period during which viruses remain infectious on various surfaces.

Studies have shown that the pathogen can remain on different types of surfaces for several days. However, these maximum durations are only theoretical because they are recorded under laboratory conditions and should be ” interpreted with caution ” in the real environment.