A kindergarten in the Kowloon Tong district of Hong Kong created confusion among parents and scientific experts by installing a steam vinegar dispenser at the entrance of the building as a supposed means of preventing the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, a report revealed Thursday.
The Chinese language newspaper Apple Daily reported that the machine dispenses vaporized water mixed with about two percent vinegar. The mixture’s droplets then get sprayed onto the children as a form of attempted disinfectant. The school cited an article the Harvard University School of Public Health’s website published, asserting that “acetic acid in vinegar is strong enough to kill some household pathogens.”
The article notes:
After cooking, the next most popular use for vinegar — particularly white vinegar — is cleaning. While the 5% acetic acid in vinegar is strong enough to kill some household pathogens, it does not kill them all (e.g., salmonella) and is not recommended as