Myth: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kills COVID-19

Spraying alcohol or disinfectants over your body is NOT recommended. Disinfectants such as alcohol – of 70 percent concentration or higher –  and chlorine, are useful for disinfecting surfaces that might be contaminated with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Alcohol is also used in hand gels for sanitizing hands. But applying harsh chemicals all over the body can damage skin and increase your risk of contracting other infections. Use harsh chemical disinfectants for regularly cleaning surfaces such as door handles, taps, and light switches, and use soap and water for cleaning hands and the body. Alcohol hand sanitizing gel can be used on the hands when soap and water are unavailable.