Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Advisory against spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID-19 management
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has received many queries regarding the efficacy (if any) of use disinfectants such as Sodium hypochlorite spray used over the individuals to disinfect them. The strategy seems to have gained of lot of media attention and is also being reportedly used at local levels in certain districts/local bodies.
To examine the merit of using disinfectants as spray over human body to disinfect them from COVID-19 and to provide appropriate advisory.
Disinfectants are chemicals that destroy disease causing pathogens or other harmful microorganisms. It refers to substances applied on inanimate objects owing to their strong chemical properties.
Chemical disinfectants are recommended for cleaning and disinfection only of frequently touched areas/surfaces by those who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Precautionary measures are to be adopted while using disinfectants for cleaning – like wearing gloves during disinfection.
In view of the above, the following advisory is issued:
Last Modified : 4/22/2021
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