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No need to get panicked and buy hand sanitisers

They're more effective against coronavirus than norovirus - but must be at least 60% alcohol


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Supermarkets have run out of hand sanitiser gels.

People are buying hand sanitisers hastily to protect themselves from coronavirus.

Since H1N1 swine flu epidemic in 2009 public have been carrying hand sanitisers around.

To kill most viruses, a hand sanitiser requires at least 60% alcohol.

Coronavirus is an enveloped virus, so that alcohol can attack it and destroy the virus.

Best used in moderation – and only when handwashing is not an option.

Applying soap and rinsing thoroughly under running water for 20 second washes away viruses.

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Lisa Ackerley

Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and trustee at Royal Society for Public Health.


UK National Health Service, publicly funded healthcare system in England

Public Health England (PHE)

Health protection agency.

Sally Bloomfield

Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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