The debate is up.

The disinfection channel – is it effective?

The argument here, is that the disinfectant chemicals are harmful to the body when inhaled or sprayed on as aeorsolised particles.

“The expert in bioaerosol research added: “Chemical disinfectants are designed to deactivate microorganisms outside of the human body, but the disinfectants are toxic to humans if not used properly.
“Exposure to a surrounding mist of chemical disinfectants through direct contact and inhalation can cause damage to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.”

(from Straits Times )

That does not stop efforts from Temasek from employing the new innovation, ‘Disinfection Chamber’ into use.

(From CNA)

“The tunnel uses a non-toxic and non-flammable disinfectant, the foundation said, adding that user feedback has been positive.
“Individuals working at places with COVID-19 patients or locations with significant COVID-19 outbreaks, face a greater risk of COVID-19 infection, through interactions with patients and contact with fomites or contaminated surfaces in the environment,” it said.

(from  CNA)

The move allays fears of chemical irritation and poisoning, so long as the right composition of disinfectant is used.

Both news were released in the month of May, going to show that the study on the effectiveness will definitely be crucial, but as the war with Covid-19 ongoing with no sure 100% guarantine on eliminating it completely, we should continue to be vigilant and step up various methods to try to curb its spread.

There is still much to be learnt. Experts themselves, are still investigating and studying, and are not always right, or, they are right only up till moment before they amend their statements.

Other debates concern the modes of transmissions for the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been reported to have made contradictory statements, or retracted suggestions based on their findings.

It was originally enforced that the majority of the Covid-19 coronavirus transmissions so far have likely been via direct person-to-person contact. Meaning, when an infectious person coughs, sneezes or otherwise breathes out respiratory droplets (even if invisible to the naked eye), which are then inhaled by someone else. Early on, there was minimal concern about droplets landing on surfaces. The potential risk of Covid-19 coronavirus being spread by contaminated surfaces was blindsided.

Recently, they changed their tone, suggesting that Covid-10 transmissions via touching contaminated surfaces was more prevalent than originally thought.

(From Forbes)

In another part of the world, the general findings from experts in China, now says in their latest findings in May, that though originally thought to not be airborne, tiny respiratory droplets expelled by breathing and talking, can remain aloft and be inhaled by others.

“Those are going to stay in the air floating around for at least two hours….It strongly suggests that there is potential for airborne transmission.”

(from  Straits Times)

If this is true, it is a near complete turnaround from the earlier reports obsessed with emphasizing that the virus is not airborne.

Under an ever evolving situation dealing with a new virus that we know nothing about, it is understandable that research findings and health guides continuously evolve as well.

The same went for the issue of wearing masks.

“To mask or not to mask: WHO makes U-turn while US, Singapore abandon pandemic advice and tell citizens to start wearing masks”

(From South China Morning Post)

It was four months into the outbreak, the world having seen China’s footages of deserted streets (with a completely abysmal soundtrack accompanying the video like it was doomsday movie trailer) when they enforced a city wide lockdown (which was an scale thought impossible, and unimaginable by anyone else until they did it).

Despite the large scale actions taken by another Nation, the severity of the virus have not taken hold in many parts of the world, not even by WHO. Many governments and organisations reiterated time and time again, masks need not be worn by persons who are well. Even though by then, there was already staggering amount of proof and news reports that the carriers of the virus could remain asymptomatic and undetected for up to 2 weeks.

So, contradicting much?

It does begs to question, are we simply not knowledgeable enough about the virus, or, are we simply just being complacent about the potential severity it could cause?

A discussion of human psychology could shed some light in all the conundrums and contradictions we see in the actions taken by differing people.

It was just hard for people to grapple with how “just a flu” could end up with 300,000 deaths today.

Misleading information and dismissal of the virus from big groups also caused the mass populous to not take it seriously. The exacerbated rate of infection, like that out of a contagion movie, comes as the general population did not take early precaution of any sort.

 

It was only until, as they say, “When shit hits the fan.”

And so, whilst grappling with a sea of information that contests one another, against some people who continue to discount the risk of SARS-CoV-2 or contest to differing methods of disinfection and precaution, all the while being at the edge of the seat keeping an eye on updates from experts, it is clear that it is better to be safe than sorry.

After all, we can’t be in lock down forever.

 

 

 

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