What began as a mysterious infectious outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019, soon engulfed the entire globe. It has been six months since the first case of novel coronavirus was reported and medical experts around the globe are still struggling to find a cure for the highly infectious contagion.
How people are coping with the pandemic
In the absence of any definitive drug or vaccine for the disease, people– who are at their wit’s end–seem to be trying their novel methods to contain the virus which is proving to be fatal. In people’s defense, even the likes of US President Donald Trump have suggested that disinfectants and sunlight might be able to “treat” novel coronavirus. Even though his statements were slammed left, right, and center by the medical experts worldwide, this hasn’t stopped people from lethal experiments.
The deadly experiments with hand sanitizers
According to recent reports, three people have died and one is permanently blind after drinking hand sanitizer in New Mexico, USA. As per health officials, all three people died of methanol poisoning and an additional three people are battling for their lives. A statement by the New Mexico Department of Health read that all seven people are believed to have drunk hand sanitizers containing methanol.
The dangers of using methanol-based hand sanitizer
As hand sanitizers continue to fly off the shelves during the pandemic, it has become all the more important to carefully analyze its contents to understand what you are putting anywhere near your skin. As per the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), people need to strictly avoid the nine variety of hand sanitizers produced by the company Eskbiochem SA, based in Mexico.
Your hand sanitizer can cause side-effects
These hand sanitizers contain the toxic substance methanol, which can lead to several disastrous side-effects including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, blurred vision, permanent blindness, coma, damage to the nervous system, and even death. It is important to note that this toxic chemical can be absorbed through the skin as well, which is why it extremely important to read the ingredients of the hand sanitizer.
The bottom line
Ultimately, we need to understand that washing our hand thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is any day better than any new, store-bought hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers should only be used if there is no clean water or soap available for handwashing. Additionally, make sure to check for the expiration date and total alcohol content of hand sanitizers (should be at least 60 percent) available in the market.