Hand sanitizer abuse; fear of corona virus (COVID-19)

Hand sanitizer

I was in the mall two days ago when a lady walked in, and started sprinkling hand sanitizer around her with every step she took. It was a funny display. “No corona virus for me.” she kept repeating. She was practically pouring the thing around like someone spraying champagne at a party.

Sprinkling champagne

While that was going on, someone sneezed nearby. People scampered away, some tripping and falling in the process because of the fear of corona virus (COVID-19)! Smart girl like me, I already maintained a distance of more than three feet from everyone else. A young man yanked out a tube of hand sanitizer, poured a sizeable amount into his palms and started rubbing it on his face, arms and legs like body lotion.


I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who noticed because a kind attendant walked up and explained the proper use of hand sanitizer to them. “The hand sanitizer is for you to thoroughly rub your hands not sprinkle or rub all over your body. You are to keep rubbing for about twenty seconds till the sanitizer dries completely. That’s how to kill any germs on your hands so that you don’t mistakenly transfer them to your face. Imagine you’re washing your hands with soap and water, only this time it’s an alcohol-based sanitizer.”

They were slightly embarrassed but extremely grateful!

Proper use of hand sanitizer
Image courtesy of The Rojak Pot

Fear really makes people do extreme things.

As we navigate these times, it’s important that we get properly informed and stick to facts. This will help us protect ourselves the right way.

Basic protection from Corona Virus (COVID-19)

According to WHO, the following guidelines are recommended for basic protection from the Corona virus (COVID-19).

  • Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 3 meters) from people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.
  • Stay informed!

We must avoid panic. Rid yourself of fear by getting your information from the right sources!

Have you had any experiences with the fear of corona virus (COVID-19)?

Drop a comment and let me know. Thanks!

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14 thoughts on “Hand sanitizer abuse; fear of corona virus (COVID-19)”

  1. Just today, I saw a lady rub hand sanitizer on her feet, hands(up to shoulder level) and face.. This is to tell you what fear can do….

    Another one i hear is already being abused all in the name of Corona virus now is chloroquine…. people are really going to the extreme out of fear… May God help us all..

    1. Amen.
      People are actually going overboard, overdosing on chloroquine without even being infected! We must continue to refuse fear.
      Thanks for sharing ma’am.

  2. Precious Adeyemi

    There’s been a lot of abuse lately because of fear, like you said. It’s best to be informed and stay safe. Thank you!

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