Hand dryers: A way to keep coronavirus at bay?

Christine Matthews

One of the circulating claims around the advent of the coronavirus is the fact that hand dryers are effective in killing it.

However, this is not the case. The World Health Organisation (WHO) have advised the public that hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. However, there are other measures to be taken, namely using an alcohol-based hand rub and washing your hands with soap and water. Once hands are clean, one can dry them using paper towels or a warm air dryer.

There are three mains things one can do to stay healthy and help others do the same:


Clean hands often by washing with soap and water or using alcohol hand rub.


Contain germs by staying at home if unwell; do not go to work or school until one is better. Do not visit patients in hospital if you are sick.


Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze into bare hands. Bin used tissues immediately. Do not leave tissues running around.

Do not sneeze or cough into your hands as you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.