Five ways the pandemic surge in hand sanitisers could cost lives
The use of hand sanitisers and other antibacterial and antiviral cleaning products has sharply increased worldwide since the pandemic started – and may be here to stay. While this has no doubt helped reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus, it could also present problems for human health and the environment in the long term.
During a raging pandemic it is obviously worthwhile to use hand sanitisers, particularly when we are unable to wash our hands. But we should minimise their use when cases drop and a significant proportion of people have been vaccinated against the virus. Here’s why: