Health officials say disinfecting schools, offices, public places and other buildings to control the spread of the coronavirus is not carried out through a scientific method.
They claim that although in many parts of the world disinfections and sterilisation was carried out due to ignorance during the early stages of the pandemic, it has now been proven to be a futile practice.
Consultant Virologist at the Department of Virology of the Medical Research Institute Dr. Jude Jayamaha speaking at a media briefing yesterday said it would be futile to focus on disinfecting schools when they open in the near future.
He said China was witnessed disinfecting spaces when the pandemic broke out in 2020, adding it became a practice in other countries including Sri Lanka.
However, Dr. Jayamaha said such disinfections are not required adding that in relation to schools, they have been closed over a lengthy time period.
Dr. Jayamaha said the virus won’t jump over walls and enter schools and therefore called for caution over fear.
He also stated that in the event children test positive, disinfestations need not be carried out.
Meanwhile, Specialist in Microbiology at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital Dr. Shirani Chandrasiri joining the media briefing said the addition of liquids such as chlorine and sanitiser used for disinfection could lead to various diseases in future.
Dr. Chandrasiri said in order to remain safe from the coronavirus, it is not necessary to carry out disinfection but to prevent the virus from entering one’s body by wearing a mask in the appropriate manner.
Dr. Chandrasiri said certain chemicals can result in skin and eye diseases, could have an impact on the agriculture industry in future adding that the chemicals finally wash up to the seas or rivers.
She noted that the virus rests on metal surfaces such as door handles and other solid surfaces that are frequently used and called for sanitisation over disinfection through the use of an alcohol rub.