People Are Being Urged NOT To Panic Buy Hand Sanitiser

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Some stores of Boots are limiting the sale of hand sanitiser to two bottles per customer in an attempt to prevent stock of the antibacterial gel from running out. 

The rush to buy bottles of hand sanitiser comes after the leader of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the virus could eventually become a pandemic. 

As more cases of the virus are diagnosed, people are becoming increasingly worried about coronavirus.

So far, 39 people in the UK have tested positive for COVID-19 (the ‘new’ name given for coronavirus). 

Helen Pidd, the Guardian’s north of England editor, tweeted a picture of a sign placed in the boots store at Leeds train station with the caption:

“Coronavirus panic has hit boots in Leeds station.”

A spokesperson for Boots said that there had been an increase in sales of the gel, but that stock was still available in warehouses for stores and online.

They also added: 

“The best way to help prevent catching a virus is by making sure that you regularly wash your hands with soap, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent transmission from surfaces, especially after blowing your nose, sneezing and coughing.”

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