This report reviews the current state of scientific literature regarding health dangers from use of chemical disinfectants. This includes the opening epidemiological study below finding increases (not decreases) in influenza, tonsilitis and other infections among children living in homes using common household bleach, when compared to homes not using bleach (Dept of Public Health, Belgium). We then report on human and animal studies finding higher rates of neurological birth defects, COPD and asthma after disinfectant exposure. Of great concern, a significant number of studies identified suppressive and weakening effects disinfectant chemicals have upon important immune-system cells (including natural killer cells and the thymus gland). Other suppressive effects were identified among various immune system support cells involved in preventing initial viral infections. All of these effects occurred after exposure to the tested chemical disinfectants. The branch of science that studies this phenomena is called - ImmunoToxicology.
OF GREAT CONCERN TODAY
There has been a tremendous increase in commercial and domestic use of chemical disinfectants since the CoronaVirus outbreak. For example, the Clorox company stated the amount of sales it typically does in one month is now being achieved in one week. Therefore, greater use of their chemical products has resulted in longer and higher indoor-air concentrations of disinfectant chemicals (including worrisome disinfectant by-products such as chloroform and carbon-tetrachloride).
POTENTIAL ROLE FOR DISINFECTANTS TO INCREASE VIRAL SPREAD
Because of the sheer number of studies finding increased health disorders and documented immune-system suppressison from disinfectants, it is certainly plausible to consider the likelihood that disinfectants could have the opposite effect of that intended - by increasing, rather than decreasing viral infectivity through immune-suppression.
This point takes on further significance when considering that viral infection through surface to person contact appears to play a very small (if any) role in CoronaVirus transmission. This rationale of immunotoxicology being the main driving force behind coronavirus transmission could also explain the increases in infection rates being observed in many facilities facilities known for "above-average" disinfectant use (ie. meat processing plants - prisons & elderly care facilities).
VIRUS SPREAD BY SURFACE CONTACT QUESTIONED
It is of interest that while the CoronaVirus is known to be easily transmitted by close person to person contact via inhalation of virus particles, while implied otherwise in television advertising, there is great uncertainty whether surface contact by individuals plays a significant role in its spread. Unlike the common-cold virus, which is believed to initially populate in the nasal cavity (and residing in an area vulnerable to finger contamination), the CoronaVirus virus is believed to replicate initially in the throat and lungs (far away from finger/hand points of entry).
POKER GAME GIVES NEW INSIGHT
Interestingly, strong evidence exists that touching surfaces does not play a role in the spread of at least some viruses and is supported by a "real-world" study conducted by Dr. Elliot C. Dick, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. His research found that not one person (in a large group of students) came down with a virus infection after handling objects that were excessively touched just minutes earlier by virus infected students (in an adjacent room). While the healthy students handled the "infected objects," they were told and reminded to touch their eyes and noses every 10 minutes to insure large scale contact. While none of the healthy students became sick from touching the objects, a majority of students did in fact become infected, but the only students who became sick were the ones sitting across from the infected students while playing a game of poker. The findings here clearly show that that the actual route of virus transmission was by close person to person proximity and not by object to person. This study can be seen in the New York Times from the link - HERE
All medical studies reviewed below were published in peer reviewed journals from the National Library of Medicine. Each journal review provides details on the universities and research facilities involved - medical journal name - volume - and link to the original journal article in the National Library of Medicine. This enables immediate confirmation on the accuracy of information, thereby providing credibility needed for initiating discussions on the topic.