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Is spraying disinfectant on the Thai-Burmese border effective?

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: Spraying disinfectant has been effective in the community but controversial in forested refugee camps.

Some controversy exists over the Royal Thai Army attempting to sterilize areas of the Thailand-Myanmar border by spraying disinfectant along the border region. The army sprayed areas set up as a temporary holding facility for many Burmese refugees. The move drew condemnation from critics who claimed the disinfectant was not effective and not worth the expense of implementation. A spokesperson for the Royal Thai Army responded to social media ire justifying the action.

The spraying was done after the Burmese refugees had returned across the border to Myanmar, after fleeing temporarily to escape the escalating humanitarian crisis following the February 1 military coup. After the refugees left, disinfectant was sprayed around the area in compliance with Public Health directives designed to slow the Covid-19 spread and maintain safety. The disinfectant was intended to kill any possibly contagious remaining virus or disease in the area.

The spokesperson said the military used existing government equipment they requested from the Ministry of Public Health to efficiently disinfect the area. She asserted that the spraying was not just to help local people, but also to reassure them that it was safe to return to their daily lives in the area, to go to work or do farming, without fear of becoming infected with Covid-19.

While the response online to the spraying disinfectant scheme is still generally negative, it’s worth noting that the same spraying has been used to effectively sterilize 162 schools and 268 other areas since January. The spray is a safety precaution to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and has been used throughout communities in places like bus terminals, marketplaces, temples and other places where people tend to gather.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    Frank

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Have they learned anything since Jan 2020?

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Perhaps they should do the same in pattaya now most of the dirty smelly falangs have gone home also.

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    Bill

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 3:35 am

    lmao

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    Social Observer

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Spraying disinfectant is useless. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement this week. They said the chances of contracting Covid from touching contaminated surfaces is less than 1 in 10,000. They said there have been no confirmed cases of anyone contracting Covid from a surface. Covid can only be contracted by inhaling infected (nasal) droplets suspended in the air.

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    Wouter

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 5:35 am

    Spraying disinfectant before removing dirt, grime and biofilm is not the way to kill bacteria and viruses. It does give good visuals though.

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    June

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:09 am

    @ Mrcynic u hate falang but u want tourists from whole world desparetly

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:16 am

    “The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement this week ….. They said there have been no confirmed cases of anyone contracting Covid from a surface. Covid can only be contracted by inhaling infected (nasal) droplets suspended in the air.”

    Maybe the “Guidelines for Commenting” should be extended to include not stating that respected sources like the US CDC have said something they haven’t and which is 100% incorrect.

    The CDC statement was “SARS-CoV-2 and Surface (Fomite) Transmission for Indoor Community Environments” updated on 5 April.

    The opening paragraph says: “The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low.”

    It says: “Case reports indicate that SARS-Cov-2 is transmitted between people by touching surfaces an ill person has touched or sneezed on, and then directly touching the mouth, nose or eyes.”

    It concludes: “People can be infected with SARS-Cov-2 through contact with surfaces. However, … surface transmission is not the main route by which SARS-Cov-2 spreads, and the risk is considered to be low.”

    he conclusion says: “

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    Manu

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:24 am

    The answer is simple: no.

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    L-Dogg

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    About as effective as spraying water in the air to remove pollution like they do every year.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    I was a dirty faring in Pattaya, I promise to have a soapy bath when I return……

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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