In Shanghai, people can see anti-epidemic personnel in white hazmat suits spraying disinfectant everywhere.
Thousands of workers have been organized into teams to disinfect the community.
Special disinfection production stations have been set up in some areas. In addition, disinfection robots have been placed at train stations and patrol some quarantine centers. Even vehicles are equipped with disinfection devices.
A video circulated on the Internet showed a Shanghai hazmat suit-clad worker entering a house to spray disinfectant. He spread clouds of disinfectant over every object in the house, including the TV, sofa, and bed, destroying everything.
As reported by CNN, as China’s strict zero-Covid measures have fueled an obsession by law enforcement to sterilize everything, any outdoor area seemingly is at risk of being targeted by health workers wielding leaf-blower-style disinfectant machines.
Nicholas Thomas, an associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong, said that the robots and street spraying are performative acts to enhance public trust in the communist regime.
Emanuel Goldman, a professor from the Microbiology Department at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, said mass disinfection was not part of Western countries’ efforts to control the outbreak because public health authorities follow the science. He added that it is unlikely that any cases were caused by contact with contaminated surfaces.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated last year that scientific research proved the chances of contracting the virus via a contaminated surface were generally less than one in 10,000. However, the findings show that disinfection should not be prioritized over any other kind of disease control.