Pharmacist shares alternative products to protect from coronavirus

The fear of catching coronavirus has led to an international shortage of hand sanitiser.

The new illness can affect your lungs and airways, and first originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

Cases of Covid-19 are increasing every day in the UK, with a confirmed 596 cases.

However, Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser, has said the actual number of people infected in the UK at the moment could be between 5,000 and 10,000.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has labelled the outbreak a pandemic.

The NHS maintains the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus is to wash your hands.

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However, the NHS has recommended to “use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available”.

Shamir Patel, pharmacist and the founder of online pharmacy Chemist 4 U, shared his recommendations on other products people can use when hand sanitiser is out of stock.

Speaking exclusively with Daily Star Online, he said: “Aside from antibacterial gel, there are other products which you are able to carry around with you to help protect you from Coronavirus."

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Shamir continued: “When it comes to keeping your hands clean and avoiding touching your face, antibacterial wipes are a handy alternative.

“They are effective from 10 seconds – less time than washing your hands with soap. They are also great for cleaning down surfaces such as phones and wheelchairs.”

He also added: “Other products include alcohol-based hand gels and foams that you can carry in a pocket or handbag, such as Newton’s Labs Hand Gel.”

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