Don’t eat or drink hand sanitizer.
The US Food and Drug Administration is taking some urgent steps to make hand sanitizers less appetizing.
The agency called on producers of hand sanitizer to add denatured alcohol to their products so the product would have a more "bitter and less appealing" taste to people, specifically children.
“It is important that hand sanitizer be manufactured in a way that makes them unpalatable to people, especially young children, and that they are appropriately labeled to discourage accidental or intentional ingestion,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement.
“Hand sanitizers are not proven to treat COVID-19, and like other products meant for external use, are not for ingestion, inhalation, or intravenous use,” he added.
Due to the novel virus, there has been a shortage of hand sanitizer in stores all over the country. The shortage has resulted in price-gouging on e-commerce sites such as Amazon.
While hand sanitizer won’t protect you from coronavirus, it is a good substitute when hand washing is not possible. However, the CDC urges everyone to wash hands thoroughly as it is the best way to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
In order to be effective, the CDC said hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol.
The FDA’s call for safety comes a day after President Donald Trump questioned whether the virus could be wiped out by injecting disinfectants. This prompted a response from Lysol warning consumers to “under no circumstances” ingest or inject their products.
Trump later clarified his comments were "sarcasm."