With the deadly corona virus spreading rapidly around the world, people are trying to store as many hand sanitizers as possible and even manufacture them themselves using aloe vera gel and alcohol.
But public health in England now warns against doing so, saying that hand-made disinfectants will not protect us from the virus.
Instead, Dr. Nick Fein, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service at PHE, urged people to stick to cleaning hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, according to Russia today.
“The best way to protect yourself from infection from the Coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water,” he said.
Likewise, Dr. Gina Macoche, an immunologist at the University of Sussex, explained that homemade hand sanitizers may not reach zero like a gel in stores, which contains more than 60% of alcohol.
“It is not necessary for most people who can wash hands regularly with soap and water, and it is likely that a home-made hand sanitizer is less effective than that which can be bought.”
Dr. McCucci also warns of the possibility of damaging the skin as well, when using a home-made hand sanitizer, especially when the concentrations of the ingredients used are not known.
This comes as Corona’s injuries have reached more than 94,000 cases worldwide.