Health Desk: The World Health Organization (WHO) agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health, warned on Saturday that spraying disinfectant on the streets, as practiced in some countries, does not eliminate the novel coronavirus and even poses a health risk.

The WHO says spraying can be ineffective on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, in a document, as part of the response to the virus, The Statesman reported.

“Spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces, such as streets or marketplaces, is… not recommended to kill the COVID-19 virus or other pathogens because disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris,” explains the WHO.

The document also stresses that spraying individuals with disinfectants is “not recommended under any circumstances”.

“This could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected person’s ability to spread the virus through droplets or contact,” said the document.