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23 Jul 2021  (406 Views) 
Covid-19 crisis

Is it necessary to close business premises for deep cleaning?
When an infected person visits a mall or food center, the ministers decide to close the close the business premises for a few days for deep cleaning. They said that it was necessary to stop the spread of the virus.

I wonder if this approach makes sense. 

I am aware that the virus can stay alive on surfaces for one or two days. They experts made this pronouncement. I do not doubt it. 

But I ask - is the virus on the surface likely to be stronger than the virus that are still in the human body which is being transmitted by the host to nearby people?

I suspect that the virus on the surface is likely to be mild, even if it is still active. 

Our bigger risk are the virus that are still in the bodies of a few hundred or thousands of infected people. 

If my reasoning is correct, then I conclude that the closing of business premises for deep cleaning is probably not helping much to stop the spread of the virus. 

We have to accept that the virus will spread, and hope that in most cases the virus are mild. So far, this appears to be the case in Singapore. 

I do not agree with the closure of the business premises that are visited by the infected persons. The risk of spreading the virus is low. The collateral damage is huge. 

Many businesses in the affected premises will be badly affected by the temporary closure. 

So far, few people question the necessity to close the business premises. They seem to accept that it is necessary.  They disregard the collateral damage in the interest of "doing everything possible to eradicate the virus". 

Surely we can afford to live with the virus, if it remains largely mild?

I hope that some experts will enlighten me on my reasoning.

Idiots who think that they are smart should refrain from showing their arrogance and giving their nonsensical views. 

Tan Kin Lian

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