To combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) many countries are spraying public spaces in cities with disinfection chemicals. After seeing this I was interested in knowing how effective this was against the coronavirus and if it had any negative effects on our health or environment.
And according to experts, these mass disinfection programmes have no real benefit - and could potentially be a health hazard. Dr Jason Wang, the director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention at Stanford University, says that the use of disinfectant sprays may be of some psychological comfort to people but will not be medically effective against the coronavirus. Wang says some chemicals in the sprays are a health hazard and could cause respiratory problems.
And these mass disinfection programmes against Covid-19 are killing nature and wildlife as authorities mismanage and overuse them to the extreme. Just take this idiotic example from Spain.
Local authorities in southern Spain sprayed a beach with diluted bleach in a (completely vain) attempt to tackle the coronavirus. The authorities wanted to “protect” their residents from Covid-19 by spraying bleach using big tractors on the beach right before the lockdown and curfew was going to be removed.
The bleach was sprayed on the beach and dunes which is also a popular and protected nesting ground for several species of migratory birds. And while the bleach killed everything on the ground, both plants and insects, the tractors most likely also destroyed countless of bird eggs.
"It’s totally absurd," said María Dolores Iglesias Benítez, who heads an environmental volunteer group in the region. "The beach is a living ecosystem. And when you spray it down with bleach, you’re killing everything you come across." She said the bleach "killed everything on the ground, nothing is seen, not even insects."
I mean, what the actual fuck were they thinking?! The virus spreads between humans and while there is still a debate on how long the virus lingers on various surfaces after contact the beach had not even been used by anyone since everyone had been stuck inside during the lockdown. And even if the beach had been heavily used beforehand, spraying these disinfectants does nothing against the virus, it just kills insects, damages nature, and harm human health. It’s just madness!