Dr Hilary Jones issues warning about hand sanitiser amid coronavirus outbreak

Hand sanitiser is flying off the shelves amid the coronavirus outbreak, causing it to sell out in many shops and pharmacies.

The number of cases of coronavirus in the UK has risen to 90.

The World Health Organisation has declared the situation a public health emergency with international concern.

And in the UK the Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate.

Coronavirus is a new virus which can cause symptoms such as fever, coughing and shortness of breath – an illness which has now been named COVID-19.

The NHS says washing your hands is a key part of preventing the spread of the disease.

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However, hand sanitiser gel can be used when soap and water are not available.

Experts across the world are encouraging good hygiene to stop the further spread of the virus, which has killed more than 3,300 people around the world.

If you are planning on using hand sanitiser, the Centres for Disease and Control Prevention recommends it is at least 60% alcohol.

But how effective is hand sanitiser at killing coronavirus? Dr Hilary Jones has issued a warning to Brits on ITV’s Lorraine.

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He explained how washing hands is much more effective than relying on hand sanitiser gel.

Dr Hilary explained: “People right now need to go about their normal lives, but taking those reasonable precautions.

“Hand washing is better than sanitising because you’re washing the virus off.

“You’re just putting the gel on to try to kill the virus – it’s already on your hands.”

The NHS advice is to: ”Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.

“Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.”

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But you can “use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available”.

In 2019 the American Society for Microbiology published a story that reveals using running water and soap is more effective than applying a blob of hand sanitiser which hasn’t been rubbed in properly.

Yesterday we revealed how you could make your own hand sanitiser.

However, experts have warned in order for the hand sanitiser to be effective you have to get the measurements right.

Both the NHS and Public Health England agree a hand sanitiser needs to have at least 60% alcohol content to kill viruses.

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