A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor cleans and disinfects Pei Ho Street Market in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong on July 17, amid a third wave of Covid-19. Photo: AFP A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor cleans and disinfects Pei Ho Street Market in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong on July 17, amid a third wave of Covid-19. Photo: AFP
A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor cleans and disinfects Pei Ho Street Market in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong on July 17, amid a third wave of Covid-19. Photo: AFP
Ria Sinha
Opinion

Opinion

Ria Sinha

Covid-19 hygiene: are we sanitising our way to the next health disaster?

  • Liberal use of disinfectant may protect us from Covid-19 in the short term, but harm public health in the long run
  • In the current sanitising frenzy, the ominous threat of antimicrobial resistance has fallen off the world’s agenda

A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor cleans and disinfects Pei Ho Street Market in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong on July 17, amid a third wave of Covid-19. Photo: AFP A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor cleans and disinfects Pei Ho Street Market in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong on July 17, amid a third wave of Covid-19. Photo: AFP
A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor cleans and disinfects Pei Ho Street Market in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong on July 17, amid a third wave of Covid-19. Photo: AFP
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Ria Sinha

Ria Sinha

Ria Sinha is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She trained as an infectious disease scientist at Imperial College London.