Health Ministry: Don’t Overuse Sanitizers, Can Be Harmful

The Health Ministry warned that using too much hand sanitizers can be harmful. It has advised people to not overuse hand sanitizers to fight against the COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, regular use of hand sanitizers was advised to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.

“These are unprecedented times, no one thought that a virus outbreak, of this nature, will occur. Use masks to protect yourself, drink hot water frequently & wash hands vigorously. Don’t overuse sanitizers,” Dr RK Verma, additional director-general of Health Services, Ministry of Health, said.

Earlier health experts have said that making use of hand sanitizers in huge amount can kill good bacterias that are responsible for keeping the skin healthy.

As per experts, in the presence of soap and water, one must use it instead of the sanitizer.

On Saturday, India registered 48,916 fresh cases, taking the total tally to 12,36,861. The death toll rose to 31,358.

Of the 757 deaths reported, 278 were from Maharashtra, 108 from Karnataka, 88 from Tamil Nadu, 59 from Uttar Pradesh, 49 from Andhra Pradesh, 35 from West Bengal, 32 from Delhi, 26 from Gujarat, 14 from Jammu and Kashmir, 11 from Madhya Pradesh and eight each from Rajasthan and Telangana.

Assam, Chhattisgarh and Odisha have reported six fatalities each, followed by Punjab five deaths, Kerala and Haryana four each, Bihar and Jharkhand three each, and Puducherry, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland one fatality each.

Covaxin, India’s first developed vaccine against the coronavirus, started its first phase of human trial. The human trial began at Delhi’s AIIMS. The first dose of the injection was given to a 30-year-old man.

Dr Sanjay Rai, Professor at the Centre for Community Medicine at AIIMS and the principal investigator of the study said that since Saturday around 3,500 people have volunteered for the trial at AIIMS. Till now at least 22 people screening is on its way, he added.

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