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Retail Giant Dischem Reports Panic Buying By South African Consumers

SOUTH AFRICA: Consumers are emptying store shelves of hand sanitizers following the country’s first coronavirus patient. Growing fears of the coronavirus has driven a panic-buying spree at branches of pharmaceutical retail stores of Dischem stores in South Africa.

People are rushing into various stores, primarily in the Durban area stocking up on hand sanitizer gel products, cleaning products, and disinfectant leaving store shelves empty. According to Newsbreak Lotus FM, South African pharma-retail giant Dischem has disclosed a shortage of stock of hand-sanitizers and demand for face-masks.

The company is working with suppliers to replenish stocks while stores are trying to cope with consumer-demand for the germ-killing gel & face-masks.

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Are hand sanitizers effective?

The alcohol-based gunk is convenient, but hand sanitizer isn’t the best way to clean your hands. Here’s how you can make your own hand sanitizer at home.

For that, soap and water still reigns supreme, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recommends first washing hands with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds to get it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under finger nails before rinsing off. Read the label and make sure the hand sanitizer you purchase has at least 60% alcohol, the health agency says. After applying it, rub it all over your hands until they’re dry. Another tip: don’t touch your face, since health officials say viruses could enter your body from your eyes, mouth or nose.

If you’re not near a sink, hand sanitizer will do. But keep in mind that it doesn’t kill all germs, the CDC says.

Do not attempt to re-use bacterial wipes, either: Research suggests using the same one on multiple surfaces spreads germs.

How did the coronavirus emerge in South Africa?

A South African citizen had recently visited Italy as part of a group of ten passengers. Upon his return after feeling unwell, the person had visited his medical practitioner.

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Soon after his diagnosis South African health authorities began COVID-19 quarantine and treatment protocols. Dis-Chem has been South Africa’s first choice in pharmacies since 1978, with our linked dispensaries, family clinics, non-pharmaceutical and comprehensive self-medication centres.

Supply is on the way, although it’s not clear how long it will take retailers to restock.

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