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COVID-19: Spraying Of Disinfectants/Chemicals On Humans Is A Curse And Not Blessing; Writ Petition In Delhi HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 11 Jun 2020 1:48am

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The Delhi High Court has on June 10, 2020, directed the Delhi Government to consider as a representation a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) concerning the harmful effects of spraying disinfectants/chemicals on humans to combat COVID-19 infection. The petition has been filed by Susheel Mahajan, advocate, and was listed for hearing before a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan.

The petitioner has submitted that the spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces such as streets or market places, is not recommended as per the guidelines of WHO. As per the guidelines spraying of disinfectants can result in a risk to the eyes, respiratory or skin irritation, and the resulting health effects. 

The petitioner submits that the disinfectants are chemicals that destroy disease-causing pathogens or other harmful microorganisms. It is advised that the spraying of individuals or groups is not recommended under any circumstances. Spraying an individual or group with chemical disinfectants is physically and psychologically harmful.

The petitioner further submits that even if a person is potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered your body. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective even in disinfecting the outer clothing/body in an effective manner. 

“Spraying of chlorine on individuals can lead to irritation of eyes and skin and potentially gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting. Inhalation of sodium hypochlorite can lead to irritation of mucous membranes to the nose, throat, respiratory tract and may also cause bronchospasm”, mentions… Continue Reading...

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