Alcohol-free sanitiser gets thumbs-up as poisonings mount

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Alcohol-free sanitiser gets thumbs-up as poisonings mount

Other sanitisers are just as effective against Covid-19 as alcohol-based products, a US study has found

Cape Town bureau chief

Alcohol-free hand sanitiser is just as effective against Covid-19 as alcohol-based products, a US study has found.

The news comes hard on the heels of a warning from the Western Cape poison information helpline of a rise in calls about sanitiser ingestion, and as Stellenbosch University medical students sound the alarm about an exponential rise in hand eczema caused by sanitiser use.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US have recommended the use of sanitisers containing at least 60% alcohol...

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