DOH cautions against spraying, misting: It does not protect against COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) — The Department of Health cautioned the public against spraying or misting disinfectants to kill COVID-19 virus, saying such may even cause harm.

“There is no evidence to support that spraying of surfaces or large scale misting of areas, indoor or outdoor with disinfecting agents, kills the virus,” DOH said in an online advisory on Friday.

The health department said that contrary to protecting against COVID-19, spraying even poses health and safety concerns, as it can cause the virus to spread further from the direct application of a spray.

Spraying or misting may also result in skin irritation or inhalation of chemicals that may cause respiratory issues, DOH said. It added that spraying disinfectants may also cause environmental pollution.

The DOH advised everyone to instead “soak objects completely or disinfect surfaces directly to kill the virus.”

As of April 10, the country has recorded 4,195 confirmed cases of the viral disease. The death toll stands at 221, while 140 patients have already recovered.

Health officials continue to urge the public to practice preventive measures such as physical distancing, cough etiquette, and avoiding close contact with those who exhibit virus symptoms.