WITH a widespread shortage of hand sanitiser across the country – many people are desperately searching for alternatives to protect themselves against coronavirus.
And now doctors have revealed that washing up liquid may be the next best solution.
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They say it can protect against the deadly bug if hand gels or liquid soap are unavailable.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical Director, patient.info, told The Sun: "The best solution for washing your hands is to use liquid soap and warm water.
"Obviously, it’s also important to wash your hands really thoroughly, cleaning every part (this should take about as long as it takes you to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice).
"However, if liquid soap isn’t available, you can use a solid soap bar – after you wash your hands with it you should rinse it off and pat it dry before replacing it.
"You could also use washing up liquid. This is likely to be effective."
Despite this, Dr Jarvis warned that washing up liquid is not designed to be used neat on hands so "may leave your hands feeling dry" if you use it often.
Dr Adrian Heald, from Salford, Manchester, also said that dish washing liquid will work against coronavirus.
He wrote on Twitter: "People, please do NOT panic if liquid soaps are sold out, a bar will also do the job (rinse after use and put dry) or use dish washing liquid, the coronavirus has a fatty outer layer, anything that dissolves fat will work!"
It comes as in February alone, hand sanitiser sales were up 255 per cent, according to research company Kantar.
Other kinds of liquid soaps saw sales increase by seven per cent, and ten per cent more was spent on household cleaners.
The demand has seen some second-hand sellers take advantage of the low stock, such as putting hand gel which costs 50p in Lidl for sale on eBay for £40.
Earlier today, it was confirmed an eighth victim had died from coronavirus in Bali.
The 53-year-old woman was 'critically ill' before contracting Covid-19, an Indonesian government spokesman has said.
The death is the first linked to coronavirus in Indonesia, however, the global death toll has surpassed 4,280.
Health Minister Nadine Dorries also became the first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus yesterday.
The Conservative MP said she has been self-isolating at home after testing positive, and her parliamentary office has closed following advice from Public Health England.
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