“Test, test, test” has been the World Health Organisation’s (W.H.O.) advice during this pandemic because the coronavirus has gone viral.

Yet, why did the virus spread so rapidly and widely? The 2003 SARS coronavirus did not. Nor did the subsequent MERS coronavirus. All we learned from those lethal episodes failed to halt the new virus’ spread in 2020.

By the time the W.H.O. told all nations to test, test, test, the virus had escaped, making this advice akin to shutting the stable door after the horse was gone.

The danger of alcohol hand sanitisers

The W.H.O also advised the use of alcohol hand sanitisers. They were right if all they needed to consider was whether rubbing alcohol on to the hands killed coronavirus on the hands.

What about the solvent vapours rising from hands treated with alcohol sanitisers? Those solvent vapours are known to go deep into the lungs and dissolve the pulmonary surfactant mucus which is the last defence against this virus. The more solvent alcohol vapour, the more lung cells the virus can infect.

When a lung cell is infected, the virus multiplies and infects neighbouring lung cells which multiply it further to infect more people, allowing it to multiply again.

The result? Coronavirus went viral. What else could it do when the W.H.O was telling us to use alcohol and not warning us about the solvent alcohol vapours?

Count, count, count

Consider the following sequence:

  • “Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol”
  • “Multiply, multiply, multiply”
  • “Test, test, test”.

“Count, count, count” completes the set. Over 2 million COVID-19 deaths so far and very sadly we continue to count the newest deaths.

The W.H.O still advises the use of alcohol hand sanitisers. If we keep doing this, we will achieve more of the same.

“Alcohol, multiply, test and count”.

Until we stop the alcohol vapours, we will continue to count the deaths.


Dr Harley Farmer, NewGenne co-founder and Director, has spent the better part of the year helping the world come up with ways to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to an end. To do this, he has continued to offer industry-leading hygiene products to both clinical and domestic settings around the world and released an engaging work of non-fiction, Coronoia, a copy of which has been mailed directly to each member of the UK Cabinet. He is unwavering in his commitment to improving global hygiene practices and will not rest until the world discovers the true dangers of alcohol hand sanitisers.