Published Monday, July 6, 2020

Spraying in public spaces to contain
covid-19 is not recommended

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Do not fumigate as a form of disinfecting against covid-19 in public spaces, said the Ministry of Health.

According to the ministry, the SARS-CoV-2, the strain that causes covid-19, is not an air persistent virus. The recommendations of the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization are to clean and disinfect surfaces, rather than spray into the air of public spaces.

Spraying as a disinfecting strategy is not effective in removing contaminants in public zones. Furthermore, the spraying with disinfectants is risky to the eyes, can cause respiratory or skin irritation and consequent health effects for people, said Daniel Salas of the Ministry of Health.

It is advisable to check other risk factors for spraying in enclosed spaces.

Last week, disinfections of public spaces were reported in different parts of the country. For example, the municipalities of the districts of Desamparados, Moravia, and Tibas, among others, have developed disinfections for public places.

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