As more than 83 Coronavirus cases have been confirmed around the UK, Ebay retailers are selling hand sanitiser for 750% MORE than it was before the outbreak.
It was announced today that hand sanitiser sales are being limited at pharmacy chains as fears over the Coronavirus have increased demand.
Boots and LloydsPharmacy will restrict the products to two per person as the product is set to continuously sell across the country.
This comes following the government released a public information campaign urging people to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap or hand sanitiser, as a way to prevent Coronavirus.
As fears continue to grow in the UK, it seems people are trying to cash in on Ebay – by selling the product for a staggering £1000 in the hope desperate Brits will pay the price.
It seems hand sanitiser isn’t the only item Brits are panic buying, either, as toilet roll sales have also seen a surge as people begin to stock-pile ahead of an emergency.
Alongside hand sanitiser, Woolworths will limit the purchase toilet roll in the coming weeks, as suppliers fear an upcoming shortage
Despite this, the Government announced there is “no need” to bulk buy the items in light of current events, and that maintaining careful handwashing habits with soap and water is adequate.
According to the NHS, you should wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.
This is also the main advice from Public Health England who suggest washing hands with alcohol-based hand sanitisers – containing at least 60% alcohol – if soap and water aren’t available, for example, whilst travelling.
In 2019, the American Society for Microbiology, published a study revealing that using running water and soap to wash your hands is more effective than applying a blob of hand sanitiser which has not been properly rubbed in.