DOH urged to withdraw claim vs misting, spraying of disinfectants

April 11, 2020

LAGUNA 1st District Rep. Dan Fernandez has called on the Department of Health (DOH) to withdraw its claim that misting or spraying disinfectants does not protect against COVID-19 and may even cause harm.

“People are beginning to learn how to be protective and are learning to defend themselves against this deadly virus, even taking into consideration that spraying or misting of disinfectants might be of help in this fight against this pandemic. Now here’s the DOH announcing that it is dangerous and hazardous to spray or mist disinfectants because of the possible skin irritation it may cause. To DOH, mag-isip nga muna kayo kung meron kayo action na ginagawa to possibly counter the spread of this virus!!” Cong. Fernandez wrote on his Facebook account.

Earlier on April 10, the DOH issued an announcement to the public saying “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.”

The DOH also said misting could cause health concerns like further dispersing the pathogens from the direct application of spray and will result to skin irritation or inhalation of chemicals and subsequent development of respiratory side effects and may cause environmental pollution.

The DOH announcement ended up in saying “Everyone should not spray or mist disinfectants at this time,”.

“Ang pakiusap ko sa DOH, bawiin ninyo ang statement ninyo. Ating gawin lahat ng paraan para malabanan ang sakit na ito. Magtulungan. Hindi magdudahan o maghatakan pababa,” Fernandez said adding “Ano ba ng mas importante, and kati ng balat o ang mamatay dahil sa COVID-19?”

The Laguna solon also posted on his Facebook that more developed countries like China have been carrying out misting and spraying disinfectant as a defense against the virus while the US Defense for Disease Control has the official procedure to disinfect facility with positive cases of COVID-19.

“May I remind the DOH Central Office that we are at war here. A war wherein we cannot see our enemy wherein wala tayong alam na gamot. In the absence of a possible vaccine, lahat ng klase ng sandata na pwede nating gamitin ay dapat ilabas ng pamahalan. Kahit may slight chance na makapigil ng pag spread ang kahit anong action ng tao, hindi dapat pigilan lalo na kung ang side effect ay mild skin irritation lang. Hindi naman ito masisinghot ng tao dahil naka mask sila,” Fernandez said.