In these dreadful times when a virus is practically decimating the human population in a matter of no time, there are many get-safe-quick schemes and questionable safety measures cropping up. People are desperate for some sort of measure against the virus and will try to get their hands on any new, and even previously untested safety aids. This leads to unsafe “medical” suggestions hitting the shelves very quickly without studying the effects.
A new safety measure has been introduced to the market in these trying times – the disinfectant tunnel. What is it, and how safely can it be used, really?
|Benefits of Disinfectant Tunnel||Drawbacks of Disinfectant Tunnel|
|An added line of defense against the virus||An untested contraption|
|Reduces the threat of the virus from spreading||Can actually cause more harm than good|
|Removes any biological threats that can be passed on to others||The World Health Organization has advised against disinfectant tunnels|
|A disinfectant tunnel focuses on cleaning the body, not just the hands||Disinfectant tunnels have been banned by many states|
|Some contraptions cost less than $100|
|A great initiative for places that are frequented by masses|
|Some hope for fighting off the sickness|
Advantages of Disinfectant Tunnels:
- An added line of defense against the virus.
A disinfectant tunnel is an apparatus that is meant to ward off infections and communicable diseases. Therefore, people believe this will help in the battle against the new Sars Covid strain that is wreaking havoc. This machine works to sanitize the external part of a person to dissuade germs and viruses from spreading.
- Reduces the threat of the virus from spreading.
The disinfectant tunnel sprays a solution to kill off most germs, and reduce the mobility of other, stronger viruses. The mechanism will reduce the threat of the virus from spreading by neutralizing the movement of the virus. Its effect on the Covid-19 virus remains to be seen.
- Removes any biological threats that can be passed on to others.
Communicable diseases are easily spread, even something as trivial as the common cold. Therefore, a whole body sanitization ensures that these diseases are not passed off on to others. The disinfectant tunnel is a great first line of defense against the spread of Covid-19.
- A disinfectant tunnel focuses on cleaning the body, not just the hands.
Medical personnel advise people to maintain sanitary hygiene regulations to avoid contracting Coronavirus. People are advised to regularly clean their hands with soap and water, and alcohol based sanitizers. The disinfectant tunnel goes one step ahead and disinfects the external body parts to wash out any remaining germs.
- Some contraptions cost less than $100.
You may think that such a novel item may be too expensive to be put up where there is a paucity of funds. However, many disinfectant tunnels have been erected with a basic spraying mechanism that cost around ten thousand rupees. There are also many disinfectant tunnels with special features like sensors and different solutions, and these can cost lakhs.
- A great initiative for places that are frequented by masses.
Places like airports, metros, railway stations, malls, etc., are frequented by many people on a daily basis. People who may be asymptomatic carriers, or may be showing symptoms of the sickness can brush shoulders with many people, increasing the spread of the virus. These places would do well to install disinfectant tunnels.
- Some hope for fighting off the sickness.
In these trying times, people need hope. They need some reassurance that this will all end soon, and normalcy will set in. The disinfectant tunnel provides not only a safety measure, but also provides a beacon of hope.
Disadvantages of Disinfectant Tunnels:
- An untested contraption.
Untested medicines are too dangerous to be introduced to the market. Without its effects being studied, the aid may become more of a hindrance, and cause more problems. The disinfectant tunnel has not been properly tested, and the solution used has yet to be checked whether it can be safely used by people.
- Can actually cause more harm than good.
A disinfectant tunnel uses a solution for sanitation purposes. However, the question of how safe that solution is has come up more than once. The main composition is sodium hypochlorite. If inhaled, this chemical can cause irritation and severe health issues. This solution, also known as the ‘Dakin’ solution, is used to disinfect large bodies of water and inanimate objects. Spraying it on humans will have adverse effects.
- The World Health Organization has advised against disinfectant tunnels.
Many philanthropists and charities have jumped on the disinfectant tunnel bandwagon without understanding the effects to help set up more such equipment. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises people not to install the disinfectant tunnel. Many ill effects have cropped up — the chlorine causes irritation on the skin and in the lungs, as well as vomiting.
- Disinfectant tunnels have been banned by states.
Many states have pushed out recommendations to disallow disinfectant tunnels from being engineered and operated on. Maharashtra in India has even banned the construction and use of any and all disinfectant tunnels. State governments have declared these machines incompetent and ineffective in combatting the propagation of the virus.
- It has not been proven to be particularly effective.
The disinfectant tunnel is not an effective use of meagre funds meant to combat the virus. The disinfectant, on the other hand, causes many pulmonary and gastrointestinal issues which can severely impact the health of people. However, it has not made any headway in fighting or even eliminating the virus. Therefore, the disinfectant tunnel is not effective in combating the virus.
A disinfectant tunnel may seem like a good way to discourage the sickness from spreading, but for now, it is causing more harm than good. Many organisations are asking people to stop using disinfectant tunnels, because it isn’t effective, especially against this new hardy strain of Covid-19. We have to keep searching for safer options, but the disinfectant tunnel is not one at present.