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Health workers go to people’s homes in Shanghai to spray disinfectant – damage feared

Chinese health authorities have sprayed disinfectant all over the country’s battle against Covid. Weibo, Getty Images

  • Shanghai workers went to people’s homes to spray disinfectant, sparking anger.
  • Chinese health authorities believe spraying disinfectants on surfaces can help eliminate Covid.
  • It’s even after the The WHO said that spraying disinfectant may be ineffective.
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Shanghai workers entered people’s homes to spray disinfectant, raising concerns about potential damage to their property and health.

Several videos streamed online this week show workers in personal protective equipment disinfecting everything from people’s furniture to laundry detergent and even a fridge. In a videoworkers appeared to be making their way into an apartment whose owners were placed in a quarantine center.

While disinfection was mainly carried out in the homes of Covid-positive people, a A Shanghai city official said Tuesday that authorities would expand their efforts to include communities where different households share bathroom and kitchen facilities.

The official added that residents could inform health workers of any items in their homes that need to be covered and protected.

The new measure has further fueled public discontent in a city already frustrated by a prolonged and strict confinement.

“If they ruin any of my limited edition comics or figurines, I will be very unstable socially,” one person commented on Chinese Twitter-like platform Weibo.

“Is it even safe for us to breathe in so much disinfectant in an enclosed space,” said another Weibo user.

Chinese health authorities believe that rigorous spraying of disinfectant can help eliminate Covid, even though the World Health Organization says the measure is ineffective because the risk of transmission via contaminated surfaces is low. More worryingly, the move could also pose a health risk, the UN agency added.

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