Alan wrote:Personally, I wouldn't consider it despicable, but it was certainly an exaggeration, not well thought-out, and poorly communicated. I feel the same way when I see the crews on the news going willy-nilly down the street, spray blasting everything in site. I assume that that is bleach, too.
My question is where municipalities and countries are getting their advice from? The WHO? The Ministry of Health? From Wuhan and Italy?
Like the adage goes, you need to work smarter, not harder, but when people are scared and feel the urgent need to take action, you are going to see some crazy stuff.
This makes sense to me.
Spraying things down doesn't seem to be having any practical effect since from what I'm reading the overwhelming majoirty of cases are because of personal contact and not for infected surfaces. Spraying down the street seems pointless.
Governments are likely motivated by the need to appear to be doing something, anything, instead of nothing, even if that something has no real positive effect.
We all see the curfew violating detainees getting sprayed down on the news once they're loaded into the back of the police pickup trucks. Whether it's effective or not, I don't blame the cops for wanting to do so, since they're the ones who have to physically handle these people who are usually without masks or gloves. I don't think tourists getting lined up to be sprayed down is all that despicable, even though it's likely unnessary. Bleach stained clothing will likely be the least of their bad memories they remember from this experience. My guess is when this is all over more people will have become sick and there will be more deaths due to coronavirus then there will be cases of people who have become ill because they were sprayed down with a likely diluted bleach solution.
Like a lot of us expats, I often get mistaken for being a tourist. Lot of people I talk with think I'm European. When this was all first starting I was wondering if people I passed on the street thought of me as a foreign tourist, virus spreading danger. Since the source of the cases in Peru originated from tourists and those returning from vacations to Europe it's not unusual that people are going to fear them, want them contained (like the rest of us stuck in the house), and maybe, like new prisoners to jail, sprayed down to prevent the spread of any potential disease in the larger general population.
I feel bad for the Americans, but being sprayed down with a mild bleach containing solution and stained clothing is probably the least of their problems. I think what's done by the police who tear gas and beat people in pro-democracy demonstrations is worse.