Why frequent use of hand sanitizer could make us sick down the road

April 1, 2021

PWIAS Distinguished Professor, Dr. Brett Finlay was featured in the Globe & Mail discussing how the use of hand sanitizer and disinfectants, so critical to the fight against COVID-19 could have a harmful effect on our microbiomes, with lasting consequences for health.

“Suddenly, hand sanitizer goes through the roof, we all wear masks and we don’t touch anyone or anything. And from what we know is that generally, that’s probably not good from just an ordinary microbial exposure point of view,” he said, saying that measures such as getting outside and eating a healthy diet can help counteract this.

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