Samantha Maccarlie South Africa pandemic disinfect infection Samantha Maccarlie South Africa

Hand sanitiser use in pandemic could trigger widespread resistance to disinfectants

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Hand sanitiser use during the pandemic could trigger widespread resistance to disinfectants, scientists have warned. Using hand washes to kill coronavirus is currently vital to saving lives but experts believe it could be contributing to future problems.

Antimicrobial resistance has been identified as one of the greatest risks to humanity which could make routine operations fatal.

The focus has so far been overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. A South African research group is identifying which microorganisms are becoming resistant to that other antimicrobial - disinfectants.

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