Washing-up liquid can be used to prevent coronavirus from spreading, claimed by a doctor, amid shortages of liquid soaps and hand sanitizers in supermarket.
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On Twitter, Dr Adrian Heald, a consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology at Leighton and Macclesfield Hospitals, urged people to stay calm and said if liquid soaps are sold out, any bars of soap will work against the disease.
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He described how "coronavirus has a fatty outer layer", and can be countered by "anything that dissolves fat will work".
Dr Heald said:
"I thought a few people might not know it, I learned about it from a very senior colleague and thought best pass it on."
"Thinking about the people who are relying on food banks and can't afford such luxuries, for them dish washing liquid might be the only option."
The doctor tweeted:
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"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!"
Speaking about his washing-up liquid advice, he added:
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"I thought a few people might not know it. I learned about it from a very senior colleague and thought best pass it on. Thinking about the people who are relying on food banks and can't afford such luxuries, for them dish washing liquid might be the only option."
Dr Heald give further advice it’s best to use warm running water when washing your hands as it helps lather the soap.
"Running water is the most important thing, with warmer water the soap lathers a bit easier, but cold water does the trick as well as long as you use soap and water and wash thoroughly (and remember to remove rings and such) you should be OK."
The medic tweeted:
"This whole crisis has really hit it home how poor the hygiene standards of a lot of people are, if it comes to infectious diseases, we got to work on that so start working, it starts with through hand washing - 1st line of defense. This is so not the time for being a drama queen, however if you have not maintained proper hygiene standards, never been a better time to start, you are protecting yourself and others!"
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He also encouraged people to avoid wearing rings for the time being, keep their nails short and wash towels and dish cloths as often as possible.
"Common sense (like not wearing rings at the moment) also keep your nails short, it is more difficult to clean if your nails are long, the germs have much more space to hide away.
The consultant added:
"Towels and dish cloths - wash as often as possible, if you can't wash them very often, please do NOT bunch them up, spread them out so they dry as fast as possible, you want to avoid a moist environment where germs feel at home."
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