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MOH: Sanitiser Guns To Spray On Surfaces, Not Human Bodies

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If any store requires them to disinfect you with a powered spray gun before entering the premise, let them know that MOH is against the usage of mist sanitising spray guns on people's bodies. "MOH would like to emphasise that the disinfecting solution is for the purposes of surface disinfection and not meant to be used directly on humans," Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

"Contact with some of this solution may cause irritation to the eyes, skin, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems," he added. Apparently, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) also warned the dangers of using unregistered products, given that most sanitisers were bought online.

MMA president Dr Koh Kar Chai said the sanitiser guns are not meant to be sprayed on humans as people who are Covid-19 positive carry the virus in their nose and throats, and not on their clothes or skin, unless they are unhygienic when coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.

"Adopting standard operating procedures (SOPs) with the use offace mask and social distancing is more effective than spraying the whole body with disinfectant spray," he said. Dr Koh added that inhaling tiny droplets or mist by the spray devices might cause long-term harmful effects to the lungs or cause irritation to a person's skin, eyes, or airways if they are allergic to the antiseptic.


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