Spanish Town Faces Intense Backlash After Spraying Beach With Bleach
Any considering heeding President Trump’s advice to inject household disinfectant as a counter-maneuver to the coronavirus need only look to Spain for an example of why one should not pour bleach willy-nilly in ill attempts to fight COVID-19.
The country is facing intense backlash after reports that local officials sprayed bleach across 1.2 miles of coastal beach near the town of Zahara de los Atunes on its southern coast. This was done in an attempt to sanitize the area for children and families, who are allowed to visit beaches and other public spaces for the first time since early March. The move resulted in the devastation of the beach’s ecosystem, killing insects and migratory birds who nest in the nearby dunes.