Human life is very delicate and several things have proven that, including the Coronavirus that has infected over six million people globally and claimed over 350,000 lives.
Humans have come up with measures to reduce the spread of the deadly virus but apparently, most of the methods used have become harmful or have been misused and rendered inefficient.
Among the methods used are frequent cleaning of hands using soap and water and in the absence of these, sanitizers have been used as alternatives. Well, according to experts, sanitizers are not as efficient in cleaning hands and surfaces as compared to soap and water.
To make it even worse, experts say some sanitizers are harmful to human health since they were only tested on hard surfaces and not on the delicate human body. Some sanitizer products in the market do not meet the required standards.
In recent days, some experts even argued that handwashing, sanitizing, cleaning of surfaces, and staying at home as efforts to contain the spread of the virus are dangerous as well.
Then comes in Chemical sanitization spray booths, Tunnels, or double-gated structures that have been installed by most Governments to enhance the fast disinfection of humans.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Treatment Africa (Africa CDC) and Infection Control Africa Network ICAN, the chemical sanitization booths are very dangerous and might have detrimental consequences on the health of humans.
“These chemicals can irritate the skin, mucosa (e.g. eyes, nose and mouth) and the respiratory tract. Additionally, they can irritate the digestive tract, cause cancer, and can generate air pollution in the form of ozone,” Africa CDC told the Daily Nation.
“The doses and contact times needed for chemical or UV-C disinfectant to work is not feasible in a tunnel or with a sprayer, without causing considerable harm to humans, and may aggravate the transmission because of damage to the respiratory tract.”
Africa CDC argues that there is still no evidence to prove that sanitization can reduce the transmission and infections of the Covid-19 adding that spraying humans with the sanitizers will not kill the virus inside the body.
Currently, Kenyan counties including Mombasa and Nyandarua have resorted to the use of sanitization spray booths in disinfecting people. The booths have also been installed at Likoni and border points.