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Walkthrough Sanitization Gates for COVID-19: A Preventive Measure or Public Health Concern?
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 08; 103(2):581-582.AJ

Abstract

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to gain momentum around the world, several measures are being put in place to control its spread. One such effort includes the installation of walkthrough sanitization gates to disinfect passersby and prevent cross infection. However, there is lack of clinical evidence on the effectiveness of these walkthrough gates to contain COVID-19. Moreover, there are potential public health concerns associated with these walkthrough gates. Spraying individuals with disinfectant chemicals is strongly discouraged by various health authorities around the globe because of their propensity for eye and skin irritation, bronchospasm following inhalation, and gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting. This article underscores that the risks associated with the use of these walkthrough gates overweigh any potential benefits. Health authorities must discourage their use and should focus efforts on other preventive measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the general public.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Jouf University, Al-Jouf, Sakaka, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Jouf University, Al-Jouf, Sakaka, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Jouf University, Al-Jouf, Sakaka, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Jouf University, Al-Jouf, Sakaka, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32500852

Citation

Mallhi, Tauqeer Hussain, et al. "Walkthrough Sanitization Gates for COVID-19: a Preventive Measure or Public Health Concern?" The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 103, no. 2, 2020, pp. 581-582.
Mallhi TH, Khan YH, Alotaibi NH, et al. Walkthrough Sanitization Gates for COVID-19: A Preventive Measure or Public Health Concern? Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020;103(2):581-582.
Mallhi, T. H., Khan, Y. H., Alotaibi, N. H., & Alzarea, A. I. (2020). Walkthrough Sanitization Gates for COVID-19: A Preventive Measure or Public Health Concern? The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 103(2), 581-582. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.20-0533
Mallhi TH, et al. Walkthrough Sanitization Gates for COVID-19: a Preventive Measure or Public Health Concern. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020;103(2):581-582. PubMed PMID: 32500852.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Walkthrough Sanitization Gates for COVID-19: A Preventive Measure or Public Health Concern? AU - Mallhi,Tauqeer Hussain, AU - Khan,Yusra Habib, AU - Alotaibi,Nasser Hadal, AU - Alzarea,Abdulaziz Ibrahim, Y1 - 2020/06/03/ PY - 2020/6/6/pubmed PY - 2020/8/14/medline PY - 2020/6/6/entrez SP - 581 EP - 582 JF - The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene JO - Am J Trop Med Hyg VL - 103 IS - 2 N2 - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to gain momentum around the world, several measures are being put in place to control its spread. One such effort includes the installation of walkthrough sanitization gates to disinfect passersby and prevent cross infection. However, there is lack of clinical evidence on the effectiveness of these walkthrough gates to contain COVID-19. Moreover, there are potential public health concerns associated with these walkthrough gates. Spraying individuals with disinfectant chemicals is strongly discouraged by various health authorities around the globe because of their propensity for eye and skin irritation, bronchospasm following inhalation, and gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting. This article underscores that the risks associated with the use of these walkthrough gates overweigh any potential benefits. Health authorities must discourage their use and should focus efforts on other preventive measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the general public. SN - 1476-1645 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32500852/Walkthrough_Sanitization_Gates_for_COVID_19:_A_Preventive_Measure_or_Public_Health_Concern L2 - https://ajtmh.org/doi/10.4269/ajtmh.20-0533 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -