The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has Advisory against the spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID-19 management.
Ministry has received many queries regarding the efficacy (if any) of use disinfectants. The strategy seems to have gained a lot of media attention and is also being reportedly used at local levels in certain districts/local bodies.
In view of the above, the following advisory is issued:
• 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 to the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered your body.
• 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.
Note: Advisory against the spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID-19 management is attached as pdf.