Ordinary alcohol as substitute to hand sanitizer could increase chances of getting Coronavirus - Noguchi

Ordinary alcohol as substitute to hand sanitizer could increase chances of getting Coronavirus - Noguchi

- Ordinary alcohol is not a substitute for hand sanitizer Noguchi Memorial Institute has claimed

- Professor Abraham Annan says the use of ordinary alcohol could increase one's chances of picking up Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Professor Abraham Annan has cautioned the general public against the use of ordinary alcohol as hand sanitizer.

According to Professor Annan, any wrong use of alcohol as a substitute for hand sanitizer could increase one’s chances of contracting the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

He has thus advised the public to desist from using ordinary alcohol as a disinfectant.

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He opined that even though alcohol may be a good disinfectant, it has to be prepared and used with the right standardized requirements.

… before the alcohol is used, we prepare it in a certain way. We first of all, will use water that is distilled or de-iodinized. We won't use tap water or any water to prepare the alcohol for disinfection in the laboratory,” he said in an interview on GTV on Sunday, March 15.

He further explained that if alcohol is used on the hands wrongly, it makes the hands sticky which picks up potential germs, including the Covid-19 virus.

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Professor Abraham Annan rather advised Ghanaians to wash their hands regularly with soap and under running water.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the government of Ghana has placed a ban on all social gatherings including church and mosque services, festivals and funerals for the next four weeks as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This was announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a televised address to the nation on the evening of Sunday, March 15, 2020.

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