Experts warn side-effects of disinfection chambers against COVID-19

Experts warn side-effects of disinfection chambers against COVID-19

Train passengers queued up to enter a disinfection chamber installed at the exit door of Kotabaru Station in Malang, East Java, on Saturday (March 28, 2020). ANTARA PHOTO/Ari Bowo Sucipto/sh

The use of disinfection chamber to spray (disinfectant) directly on the human body is not recommended, as it is harmful to our skin, mouth, and eyes.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The expert team of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force has advised against using disinfection chambers to spray disinfectant directly on the human body, as it could cause irritation to the skin, mouth, and eyes.

"The use of disinfection chamber to spray (disinfectant) directly on the human body is not recommended, as it is harmful to our skin, mouth, and eyes. It can cause irritation," Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, chief of the expert team, noted during a press briefing here on Monday.

Some regions, including Jakarta and Surabaya, have installed disinfection chambers in several buildings to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Those visiting the buildings would have to enter the chamber installed at the entry doors. Once inside the chamber, their bodies will be sprayed with disinfectant from different directions to kill the virus that they might have had possible exposure to.

Adisasmito highlighted the need to mull over the move to spray disinfectant directly on the human body, as it could cause irritation to human skin, mouth, and eyes.

Furthermore, the professor cautioned that excessive use of ultraviolet rays to kill microorganisms in the long term could be causal to skin cancer.

Adisasmito believes that the safest way to stave off the spread of coronavirus is to frequently wash hands with soap and running water, avoid touching face with dirty hands, bathe on arriving at home, launder clothes with detergent, and maintain a distance of at least a meter while interacting with others.

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Indonesia has continued to rise and reached 1,285 as of Sunday (March 29), with 64 patients having recovered and 114 having died of the disease.
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