Does anyone remember the international hoopla a few months ago when Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha sprayed reporters with alcohol in an effort to protect himself from Covid after becoming angry over questions being asked?
Today, the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has come out warning Thais alcohol spray guns are not only ineffective against Covid, they could actually be dangerous.
According to the FDA, spray guns could spray alcohol into someone’s eyes or mouth, causing irritation, redness, nausea and breathing issues.
This is particularly true for young children, who could have a severe reaction after being sprayed with alcohol.
The organization also says guns are ineffective against Covid infections anyway, as they don’t kill germs in any strength worth bothering about.
Instead, they advise any Thai worried about contracting Covid from a surface should use disinfectants that have been given FDA approval.
It has, however, already been proven the chances of contracting Covid from a surface are extremely low or non-existent.
Emanuel Goldman, a microbiologist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, insists there is little to support the idea that SARS-CoV-2 passes from one person to another through contaminated surfaces.
So, yes, while you should now stop using alcohol spray guns, there is no need to leave your delivered packages sitting on the doorstep for three days to ‘decontaminate’ either.