The Health Ministry issued a guide, advising on the correct use of hand-sanitizer gels, given that the more people that use it, the more mistakes are made.
There are six points within this guide, all aimed at avoiding its use from causing problems rather than eliminating them.
1) Avoid using the gel on sensitive areas or where you have skin damage because the gel’s alcoholic content could not only prevent them from healing, but could even make them worse.
2) Keep this product away from heat or naked flames
3) Do not smoke immediately after applying the gel – wait a few minutes because you’ll get fresh gel on the cigarette butt, which in turn comes into contact with the sensitive skin within your mouth.
4) The hand gels should always be kept in a cool, well ventilated place to ensure the maximum efficiency of the product.
5) If you get it in your eyes, wash it out with an abundance of water. If the irritation persists, see a doctor.
6) The product is toxic and should not be ingested. In the case of swallowing some accidentaly, go straight to a doctor or contact the Servicio de Información Toxicológica.
Editorial comment: all of the above is basically common sense, but if common sense were in abundance in this world, then certain politicians would never get elected… just saying!