Myth Fake news: disinfectants such as sodium hypochlorite can be sprayed over individuals to disinfect them.
Questions raised regarding the efficacy (if any) of use disinfectants such as sodium hypochlorite spray used over individuals to disinfect them.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has received many queries regarding the efficiency (if any) of use of disinfections such as Sodium hypochlorite spray used over the individuals to disinfect them. The strategy seems to have gained a lot of media attention and is also being reportedly used at local levels in the certain district/local bodies.
News Verification: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19) is an acute respiratory disease caused by a novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), transmitted in most instances through respiratory droplets, direct contact with cases and also through contaminated surfaces/objects. Though the virus survives on environmental surfaces for varied periods of time, it gets easily inactivated by chemical disinfectants.
An advisory raised by Regional outreach bureau Chandigarh debunked the fake news and said, sodium hypochlorite Can be used only for cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. Spraying on individuals is harmful. Read the
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#FactCheck— ROB Chandigarh (@ROBChandigarh) April 18, 2020
Myth : disinfectants such as sodium hypochorite can be sprayed over individuals to disinfect them
Fact: Can be used only for cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. Spraying on individuals is harmful. Read the @MoHFW_INDIA Advisory below👇#Covid_19 #COVID2019india pic.twitter.com/qgwZwTDQtU
The ministry said that it was 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 the body.
Inhalation of sodium hypochlorite can lead to irritation of mucous membranes to the nose, throat, respiratory tract and may also cause bronchospasm
Facts Check Verdict: False / Fake