The mass use of hand gels to control Covid puts the risk of Superbug & # 39; Armageddon & # 39; researchers warn

The mass use of hand gels to fight Covid carries the risk of developing superbug Armageddon as other bacteria and viruses build up resistance, researchers warn

  • Dr. Andrew Kemp of the University of Lincoln says using alcohol hand gel could allow other bacteria and viruses on our hands to survive and develop resistance
  • Researchers say there is currently no evidence that alcohol gel kills the coronavirus
  • The WHO recommends using hand gel if you cannot immediately access soap and water

The mass use of hand gels during the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a superbug Armageddon as other bacteria and viruses build resistance, researchers have warned.

Dr. Andrew Kemp has said that excessive use of alcohol-based hand gels during the pandemic will allow other bacteria and viruses on our hands to adapt and survive gel use.

Dr. Kemp, head of the British Institute of Cleaning Science's Scientific Advisory Board, added that this could lead to an "Armageddon situation" according to the Daily Express.

Fear of the coronavirus spreading across the UK has led to panic buying of disinfectant handgels and has forced some retailers to ration supplies.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who wears face coverings and uses hand sanitizer gel when they arrive last month on a visit to Jobcentre Plus in Barking, east London, as experts warn of excessive hand gel use, may allow insects to build a resistance that is called a 'superbug Armageddon "risks.

While demand has increased as the pandemic has progressed, hand sanitizers are still routinely used, often found at the entrance of shops and other public facilities.

Dr. However, Kemp says efforts should be focused on hand washing instead, which is the best way to clear bacteria and viruses from your hands.

He told the Express, “Hand gels should only be used as a last resort and as a short-term temporary measure or as a stopover when soap and water are not available.

& # 39; There is currently no published evidence that alcohol gels killed Covid-19 itself.

“Even after killing 99.9 percent of all bacteria, there can be more than a million bacteria on your hands at the same time, leaving 10,000 alive after disinfection.

& # 39; Recent research shows that the surviving insects that are not killed by alcohol gels are themselves highly dangerous pathogens and can increase in number.

"This means that our routine use of gels can ultimately do us more harm than good."

Researchers say there is currently no research showing alcohol gel kills coronavirus (picture)

Researchers say there is currently no research showing alcohol gel kills coronavirus (picture)

Dr. Kemp will present its results at the International Conference on Antibiotic Resistance in Amsterdam next October.

The World Health Organization states that the best way to protect yourself from the coronavirus is to wash your hands, make sure you use enough soap to cover your hands, and turn off the faucet with the towel when washing your hands is completed.

It is said that hand gel should only be used if you do not have immediate access to soap and water.

The government's Department of Health has advocated the importance of hand washing during the pandemic, advising, "You should wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer for 20 seconds."

A health ministry spokeswoman said: "The most effective way to prevent this virus from spreading is to stay vigilant, follow social distancing rules, wash your hands regularly, and wear face-covering in enclosed public spaces."


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