Coronavirus scare is spreading rapidly and keeping good hygiene and hands clean is recommended by health experts to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. This has led to the shortage of hand sanitizers at online and offline pharmacies to which people have resorted to making their own. Even the local Kirana shops are reportedly clearing out shelves of hand sanitizers. Some leading online retailers such as Flipkart are quoting a 30 ml bottle of hand sanitizer 16 times the MRP when it is needed the most.
The shortage of hand sanitizers in the country has started creating panic among the people with the arrival of Coronavirus. The stock is running out while the online retailer has started charging to a greater extent. Even other ether there is a shortage of other disinfectant liquids and masks in the market. Some online retailers such as Flipkart are selling it for unreasonable. A seller named SuperRetails has listed a 30Ml bottle of Himalaya PureHands at Rs 999, which is too high. To this, the consumers have taken this issue on to Twitter, to express their protest with regards to the sky-high prices of hand sanitizers and other products on the online medium.
Hey guys… Is this fair to sell 30 ml of hand sanitizer at 999 at the need of the hour for ppl…?? I purchased 50ml of the same brand at a cost of 60 infact with 50% discount (paid 30 near by store).. ur charging 999 for 30ml..?? @Flipkart @flipkartsupport @WHO @walmartindia pic.twitter.com/SoA1Lz3ysL
— Chaitra (@ChaitraAni) March 7, 2020
To this Himalaya Drug Company promised to take action against those who are responsible for this. The sellers are charging too much after the outbreak of Coronavirus in India. The company on this made a clarification tweet and ensured them that they have not increased the price of the PureHands Hand Sanitizers. According to them the price of the sanitizers has been increased illegally by unauthorized third-party sellers while denying any association with the unscrupulous sellers in any way. The company said, “These are illegal practices and must be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law.”
The shortage and the steeping prices have spurred people to begin making their own hand sanitizer. Many social media platforms and blogs such as Twitter, Pinterest and many more are sharing the recipes for homemade sanitizers. According to health experts, cleaning your hands with hand sanitizer is not the most effective way, it is recommended to wash your hands with disinfectant liquid soap or a normal soap using water.
This practice is the most recommended and effective way of removing certain kinds of germs such as Coronavirus. Secondly just because there are homemade recipes for hand sanitizers does mean you should follow them as these don’t actually work because some of you might not get the concentration right. Experts have warned this practice which is not at all effective and also the results are too harsh If you don’t get the right ratio of ingredients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.” It is recommended to use if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
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