New York’s new ban on commercial disinfectants is expected to put the city’s population at risk for diseases, according to a report released on Tuesday.
New York is one of a number of cities and states grappling with the threat of diseases that can be transmitted through public spaces.
The report, which reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency, found that people who used commercial disinfectant-related equipment in public were at an increased risk of catching the virus than those who didn’t.
New Yorkers are required to wear face masks and hand sanitizer to wash their hands after using a commercial disinfector.
The New York Times reported last week that the ban will be implemented from December, though there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in New York.
In New York, which has a population of over 17 million, over 2,500 people have contracted the disease in the last three weeks.
“The New York State Department of Health is committed to working with all public health agencies, community partners, and business and consumer advocates to implement a safe, effective, and efficient new plan to address the health risks posed by commercial disinfectors in New Yorkers’ public areas,” said state Health Commissioner Dr. William R. Schaffner in a statement.
“I encourage New Yorkers to review and update their own plans and policies to minimize their exposure to commercial disinfections.
The plan also addresses existing risks associated with the use of commercial disinfecters, such as the transmission of coronavirus through personal contacts and the potential for spread through airborne aerosols, including through indoor surfaces and the airways of those using commercial disinfectators.”
Bloomberg is pushing to expand the use and effectiveness of commercial cleaning systems to more than 30,000 homes.
The governor has said that his administration would like to see as many as 40,000 people use commercial disinfectitons in their homes.
A similar ban on air fresheners was implemented in California in 2014, though the state has seen no confirmed transmission of the disease.
Bloomberg has been touting his administration’s efforts to limit exposure to viruses, including the spread of the coronaviruses, saying it would lead to fewer illnesses and more lives saved.