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Use of Disinfectants in the Travel Industry

Dr. Peter Orris, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and chief of occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital at Chicago, was featured in an ABC News story on the use of disinfectants in the travel industry as Americans slowly begin to travel more frequently.  He cautioned that disinfectants can have unintended side effects for travelers' health.

Disinfecting from COVID-19 is the priority and so [travelers] should be happy that the airlines are doing that.  On the other hand, some of these disinfectants can be irritating to the upper respiratory tract and people with asthma are more sensitive to this kind of irritation. So best practice is to disinfect and then let it set aerating for a while.

Dr. Peter Orris  |  Chief of occupational and environmental medicine, University of Illinois Hospital at Chicago

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