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Dispatches Wide Shot

COVID -19 CRISIS

VIRUS
BUSTERS

Some countries are fighting
the coronavirus pandemic
with large-scale disinfectant
operations, but experts doubt
their effectiveness
irst responders around the

world have been faced with a
spike in medical calls related to
suspected cases of COVID-19,
the novel coronavirus that
originated in China late last
year and became a global pandemic in March. In
several countries, responders have also played
the role of community disinfectors.
In Iran, where media reports suggest the virus
has been more rampant than government officials acknowledge, firefighters took to the streets
beginning in February to carry out large-scale
disinfectant operations of roadways, buildings,
and public parks.
Firefighters on foot, like those pictured here in
the capital city of Tehran, strolled the streets with
devices that shoot disinfectant mist, while others
manned firetrucks equipped with chemical tanks
and fans configured to spew large clouds of disinfectant mist. While the contents of Iran's mist
was unclear, news accounts of similar measures
taken in other countries, including China and
the Philippines, reported a mixture of bleach and
water being used.
Public health professionals expressed doubts
over whether the large-scale disinfectant operations were necessary or even effective. "I would
rather see better efforts to make sure people are
disinfecting emergency rooms and high-touch
surfaces in hospitals and schools more than
I would want to see bleach being sprayed on
streets," an epidemiologist told Business Insider.
As of April 22, Iran had over 85,000 confirmed
cases of COVID-19 with nearly 5,400 deaths,
according to Johns Hopkins University. -A.V.

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